Single Status Update
think I nailed it pretty hard. Of course, I will wake up tomorrow and find it full of fail and delete it.
For posterity then.
Decided to keep a blog of updates, plans, ideas etc. Find it helps to get me in the writing mood.
So, what have I been doing for the past two months? The short answer is not much; the long answer is that fixing the first segue (The Man who will be Gambit) and the opening chapter (Fabulous Gambit DJ Disco Shed) has been a massive pain in the ass.
The main problem is the amount of information that has to be given in each; there are about ten characters to introduce, three of them major ones. There is explaining the locale, which is a complex set piece in itself.
I had originally tried to simplify things by removing one of the major characters (Ziggie) from the action, introducing her at the end of chapter 2 instead. This, unfortunately, fucked the narrative and just seemed utterly artificial.
So I went to plan B – open the novel with TWO segues, one for Gambit, one for Ziggie, two short stories that illustrate exactly where their massive psychological and emotional retardation comes from. There was a lot of clever foreshadowing going on (esp. in Ziggie’s story) and I was pretty pleased with it.
And then I had a brilliant idea, which means that I am now going to have to delete them both.
Gambit’s segue begins in a church; so does Ziggie’s. Combining the two segues into one is basically a no-brainer, creating a singular event that is the forefather of all the other disasters to come. Gambit, returning home from church is hit by a car. Ziggie’s story begins with the funeral of her father. Gambit, now returning from the funeral of Ziggie’s father, is hit by a car.
It seems really simple and very obvious now that I have thought of it. I imagine the implementation of it will be nothing but.
And so I start again on the 15th fucking draft of the opening chapter. Which doesn’t include the other twelve drafts of the original, Olympic Gambit opening.
I have rewritten the opening of this book a grand total of 26 times. Which might give you an idea of why this fucking thing is taking so fucking long.