"Vit was ambitious, and Ada knew it was only a matter of time before one or both of them ascended the rungs of their Guild’s respective ladders enough to move out into merit private housing, but for the time being she enjoyed having a co-habitant that she also considered a friend.
Ada plopped down into a chair opposite Vit, and gratefully accepted the mug of tea he pushed toward her without speaking. "
"Their schedules were such that they rarely saw one another; Vit was a junior Healer who often took the night shift in the largest of the City hospitals, and Ada’s long hours in the Engineer’s towers virtually guaranteed that the two did not maintain overlapping schedules, but whenever the stars aligned and both arrived home at the same time, they relished the opportunity to speak with one another."
Here's the start of a vignette I'm happy with.:
"When she returned home Ada found her co-habitant awake and sitting at the table in the small room for food preparation. Ada and Vit had lived together for four years now, and she considered herself lucky that the City administrators had assigned two very compatible people to share the modest living unit on the City’s lower east quarter."
Not sure what the next chapter is going to look like, but I'm going to try something new today and write a series of vignettes of scenes I've been considering throughout the book. I'm hoping when the time comes I'll be able to harvest them, or at the very least they'll plant the seed for later chapters.
So made the cardinal mistake of rereading the 20,000 words I've written in the novel.
It's not good. I didn't expect it to be, because rough drafts aren't supposed to be solid gold, and that's OK. But I'm honestly questioning whether I'll be able to improve on foundation once I come back around.
Writing is so hard.
I'd like to thank this character I've written for passionately articulating the thesis of my book.
I look forward to planning his fall from grace and rejection of that thesis. To his DOOM. 😈
Lessons from the Screenplay did a really great analysis of the anatomy of a scene: https://youtu.be/9MktQ2eCR-4
"In a well-structured #story, [the climax] decision inexorably brings the character face to face with their worst fear; the obstacle that is going to force them to wake up to their underlying flaw. If a character is wary of commitment, then then the criss will force them to face lowly someone they love (Casablanca)."
John York, Into the Woods
Just passed the 8500 word mark for my novel.
Sure, it's only 4.5% the length of the #FellowshipOfTheRing. But it's 216% the length of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner! So I'm on the right track.
Scribbling away at my first book, The City in Sand. A sci-fi novel about structural change in a lonely city on a desert world.
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