Friday, August 01, 2008

Novel Update

I did some writing last night on my novel. Please, keep your strokes and heart attacks to a minimum. What I did was more of a rewrite of a particular scene with a few juicy moments added in.

Novel Update
Word Count: 61,243
Number of kisses so far: 3 (!)
Number of kisses in a secret underground lair: 1
Number of love triangles: 3
Scenes in a secret underground lair: 2 (so far, mwah ha ha...)
Appearances of a giant Confederate flag: 2
Number of times I rewrote the kiss last night: 3
Difficulty of writing a realistic kissing scene without devolving into Harlequin Romance-speak, on a scale of 1-10: 8.5 (no heaving bosoms here, thanks)

Now, thanks to my laziness and procrastination, it's been a couple of months at least since I last wrote a Novel Update. You're probably wondering: For the love of pete, what is this novel about? Judging from the above update, apparently lots of people are sharing lots of love underground surrounding a Confederate flag.

Alas, that's another novel for another time. Like hopefully never.

For those of you who have forgotten (which, let's face it, is probably all of you) my story is a YA mystery that takes place at a fictional Southern college. The heroine is brand new to the school, joins the school's paper staff, finds the dead body of a student and is plunged into a 60-year-old rape case whose ramifications reach all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court today. Clear as mud, right? Throw in a sinister secret society, break-ins, ditsy sorority girls, a near-fatal driveby, college parties, two love interests, a zany newspaper staff , a corrupt politician and a pear tree (jk about the pear tree) and you're getting a little warmer.

The distressing part is that it doesn't make much more sense now that it's two-thirds written than it does summarized above. But that's what editing is for. And you've already heard me drone on ad nauseam about my deep and abiding love of editing. So the plan is to keep hammering away until I have something on paper I can work with.

If I could just figure out how to write a sweet, heartfelt and real love scene, I could get my main characters out of the underground lair and on to solving the rest of the crime.

Post script: For previous Novel Updates, click on the "Novel Update" tag below.

1 comment:

Chad Aaron Sayban said...

The novel concept sounds pretty interesting to me. I agree with you about how difficult it is to write any kind of romantic scene without it either becoming soft-core porn or a wishy-washy romance cliché. The couple of romantic scenes in my current novel always seem to take the most work.