On Song

Bluehammer is resting, and in the meantime I am working on my 2011 NaNovel, A Turquoise Song.

Song is a story that comes from the title – I dreamed it while I was resting after a yoga session. I knew immediately that it was about synaesthesia, but it was a long time until I knew what the synaesthetes were doing or what the story was about. I don’t remember when I came up with the idea of synaesthetes repairing robots – of synaesthetes being uniquely qualified to make those repairs – but that was the key to the plot.

The writing for this novel when I started it mostly went smoothly. So many questions that I had about the story at the beginning resolved themselves during the process, and I ended up with a manuscript of about eighty thousand words. My wife liked it and I had good feedback on it from a number of friends. The most common remark was that it was really two books: that plots setup in the first half were not resolved, and that the second half plot was introduced without being developed.

Reading the story back, I can only agree. So the plan at the moment is:

  1. To outline what I have
  2. To expand the outline of the first half into a complete story
  3. To work on that outline until the story is good.
  4. To plug in text I can use from Song 2011
  5. To write the new stuff needed to complete the outline
  6. Edit: I missed this one – make submission materials – synopsis, pitch, hook, and all of that.

An expanded version of this plan lives in a project file, and the next action lives in my “next” file.

I will be posting the plan for Bluehammer once I’ve read it back. In the meantime, I am also coming up with interesting novel and series ideas.

Well, better than not having any idea what to write.

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