Moving words around

Since last week, I have been thinking a lot about my novel and some of the suggestions about moving certain information until later in my novel.  I have been struggling with this because it’s basically impossible.  However, I did finally figure out a way to use some of it and still put part of it later in the novel.

Now doing this will in a way, cause me to rewrite entire chapters.  I have been avoiding this because I wasn’t sure just how I would do it and not lose the things I wanted to add later, but couldn’t think about just yet.  If I tried to move it all at once, I would never get a single chapter done and I’m sure the work would be incoherent.

So I have decided that I need to make a document where I dump all the stuff I am cutting but might want to use in later scenes.  I’m sure when it’s all said and done some of that stuff will not have a new home but at least this way I won’t lose what I had.

I also figured out that doing this will make me need to write each chapter individually and not worry about what will get moved where until the time comes.  I don’t think I’m going to save each chapter separately but I am going to break them down into pieces and only concentrate on the one I want to polish.  This may have me jumping around but I am ok with that.

When you realize that copying another writer is actually smart

I haven’t written here for a while, sorry about that.  I haven’t done much with my novel other than think about it and read the first chapter trying to figure out how to make some changes which were suggested to me at the last meeting.  Yesterday I did come to a realization and decision about something which may seem like I am directly copying another writer but actually for my story, it just makes sense.  I have decided to use sigils in my story.

Now for those who have read George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire you know that he uses them.  I didn’t want to do that even though it was an intriguing idea, especially for someone who is a herald in the SCA and works on devices (which is the same thing as a sigil).  However it was pointed out to me that it would make more sense for one of my characters to realize that the person she has run into is definitely on the other side with some symbol to state it without words needed.

Of course now comes the really hard part, creating those sigils and deciding who will have them.  I’m not sure I want to make it each family like Martin does, although from a historic standpoint that does make sense.  I might even just do it for the groups in war but again I’m not sure how that would work.  So the easy part is over and it’s time to work on the difficult one.

Got questions, Open your mouth

Well after many, many meetings where I took the first three pages of my novel and heard the same things repeatedly, I finally decided to open my mouth and ask a question.  You might be wondering why it took me this long to do it and the reason might be silly.  I thought that the changes I was making to the chapter would solve the problem

While some of it is better from the comments and my editing, obviously not all of it was.  The biggest comments were that the chapter needs to be from one perspective (working on that but apparently need to make it more obvious) and the other has to do with the background I give of the two characters introduced.  I kept being told to add that info later because, while it obviously is important, it’s too much in the beginning.

So my question was how I accomplish this because I actually can’t.  The two characters don’t interact until toward the end of the novel and at that point there is no time to go into this info.  The answer I received pretty much had to do with one of the characters thinking about some of that back-story later in the book but the other not knowing.

This will change the whole story since one character is telling the other much of this to get a shock reaction but somehow I will make it still work.  I’m glad I finally asked though.  It gave me lots to think about though.