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Chapter 6 is done

Having the mornings to myself has allowed me to do quite a bit of writing.  My mother-in-law just finished Dragonverse and she had many positive comments.  I think people like Dragonverse better than any of my other books!  Chapter 6 is done and the storyline is beginning to solidify.  Things are beginning to build and the action is about to begin.  Chapter 7 will be the start of the major action.  I'm still uncertain how I'm going to end this one.  I have not forgotten what the one reviewer told me about my first book - it was predictable.  So, I want to make this one unpredictable.  The question is How?  Which of my main characters should suddenly become the hero of the story?

On another note: The fact that I've been able to continue work on Ishnef's revenge and have made decent progress even though I've been working some long hours and dealing with the Christmas rush and the associated family obligations, shows that anyone truly driven to write can find the time to do so.  I will be going on shift tech rotation next week and I see several days where I should be able to get some writing done even though I will be working rotating 12 hour shifts.  When I go to Beaver Valley, I can write on my one day off.  So, if you say you don't have time to write - I call BS on that one.  If you're driven to write, then you find the time no matter how tight your schedule is.

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Dragonverse starting to move along

Encouraged by my first fan email, I've made an effort to get some writing done.  Yesterday I spent all day putting together a new dresser and shoveling snow but did manage to get a little bit of chapter 4 completed.  This morning I woke up at 5:00am and decided to get up.  If I was not dedicated to writing I would have gone back to bed but I wanted to get moving on Isnef's Revenge.  I've finished chapter 4 and will be starting chapter 5.

Although I have a general outline of the book in my head, I'm letting the book work itself out as I write.  Each chapter is a challenge as I am forced to come up with the details to write.  Some authors have a very detailed idea (often in writing) of how the entire storyline will progress.  I don't - and never have.  I may have a few scenes in my head and sometimes in great detail, but I have never started a book and known how each chapter is going to play out.  Ishnef's Revenge is no different.  I have only a vague idea how things are going to progress.  What's so exciting about writing a book like this is that the subconscious tends to work things out and to hold onto certain important facts while the book is being written.  I've often surprised myself when things unexpectedly pop out on the keyboard.  Bits and pieces of the storyline that appeared at the beginning of the book congeal and become important toward the end and not because I designed them that way.

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Busy - busy - busy

In my last blog I stated that we had moved in on Sunday before Thanksgiving.  We had 14 people over for dinner on Thanksgiving day.  We did not cook a large turkey this year - we cheated and cooked a couple of turkey breasts.  After having stayed up until the wee hours of the morning working on getting the house in order there was no way I was going to get up at 4:30am to start a turkey cooking.

We are now settled in except for a few straggler boxes.  We love the new house.  Now that we are settled in, the possibility of writing is once again present.  I seriously debated putting all writing on hold until after the two outages I will be going to next year but that would mean not working on a book for at least another 5 months.  Unacceptable!  Even with working 12 hours a day I should be able to squeeze a few hours a month into working on a book.

So, yesterday, I loaded up Ishnef's Revenge and reread what I had written so far.  The delay has allowed me to gel some more ideas concerning this book and I made some minor changes as I read through it.  I started adding to the end of chapter 2 and today I hope to finish that chapter and begin on chapter 3.  Being on days is another advantage since Cheryl has a habit of staying up quite late.  I get up early and that gives me a few hours to write.  When I go to Beaver Valley I will be on nights and on my night off I can spend a considerable amount of time writing.

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