Friday, 20 June 2008
There she is
The weirdest thing, I must record it. I've been struggling with the final scenes in the book, not the denouement which I wrote a while ago, but the last arc of the action. One of the things that's been a real problem for me is this character who keeps going into hiding. I know why she's hiding. It's because I haven't quite got her motivation nailed down. I despatched my heroes to her house earlier this week to speak with her about various matters of grave importance to the plot, and she wasn't there. I didn't know where she was, and neither did they. Then this morning I was writing a different scene with another, entirely separate, character and suddenly - the woman's scent was in the scene. The heroes followed it and they're about to find her, hiding where I had no idea she'd be. I didn't plan it this way but it makes perfect sense. I don't recommend this way of writing - by the seat of your pants, in freefall from the plot - but golly it's exciting. To have found her, at last, and like this. Right, now to see what she's got to say for herself..!