Bringing a Story to Life: The Not So Neat Bow

Just listened to Tinnesz and considered which scene I wanted to work on next in Adjudication: Book 13 in the Metatron’s Army series.

The songs are part ofa Verix playlist.  I have two. Each serves a different inspirational purpose.

Whew!  Book 13 is both a relief and a challenge.  Analysis: Book 12 was, by far, the most challenging of the series, for a variety of reasons.  It’s a relief to be past it and yet it’s a challenge because, with Adjudicationthe final book in the series, there’s a lot riding on it, not the least of which is, addressing open issues/questions.

Typing up bows – or not.

Do what works, not what’s popular.  I have never been a fan of formulaic writing.

Something created by a select few– mostly male – at the Big 5 in the 80s.

Happy ever after is one thing.  Tying up in a pretty yet very unrealistic bow – you’ve lost me.

You lost a number of people which is why there was a revolt in and around 2003 by – predominantly female – writers and agents alike.  New to the industry, I sat back and watched, listened, and learned.

Roll Up The Sleeves.  There are a number of outstanding issues and questions to address in the series and yet I can’t just go down a list, checking each one off.

Timing is only one of the considerations.

Best Way?  The techniques used can vary.  For instance, I realized while listening to music from Babelthat a reveal I was going to do by way of a flashback can actually be accomplished by reentering a scene and keeping it in the present.

For this particular reveal, I will adjust timing rather than character participation.

Timing.  I have to be careful.  I can’t just rush through this installment tying up loose ends as I go.

Hurried and unrealistic.

I also don’t want to lose the cadence of the saga by shifting gears at the end.

This consideration applied to the End Game in its entirety which was another reason Book 12 was such a challenge.

Not so fast.  Even though I’m coming up to the finale of the Metatron’s Army series first draft, there’s a lot of work to do.

And the challenge of having my next project in the works.

Stay tuned.

Diagonals:  Book 10 in the series will be available on April 1, 2019.

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