Another Night… day 3 – info dump
today saw 4 pages written, which was fine. i’m trying to get myself to stick to 3 pages each day, and yesterday i only got 1.5, so i’m trying to catch up. maybe tomorrow. i did a little math and since i’m writing cramped-style so far, i’m putting about 500 words per page. that puts me at about 5500 words (about 22 typed pages) in four days, which is fine to start.
the problem is, i’m still in what i expected to be a short prologue. my wife laughed when she heard me say this, and rightly so. i can’t do anything briefly, particularly on the first draft, and i should just accept it. the truly frustrating thing, though, is that i really like most of what i’ve written. some i already know needs to be trimmed/cut, but overall, i really like the dynamics in the characters and the world- and story-building that’s developing.
this story is taking place in a distinctive new world that requires a bit of explanation for the reader, so i’m working hard to layer in the ‘info dump’ elements without them feeling or sounding like info dumps. my work this morning was almost completely around this, and when i stopped to look at what i’d done, i was frustrated at the length but really amused and excited by it, too. tonight’s work needs a night’s sleep to consider objectively*, though, and it’s again past my bedtime. i’m a much better morning person.
– i’ve kept on with that other secondary character, though i know i played a little loose with her personality this evening. that will need some addressing.
– i’m stuck back on the ‘start with a bang’ idea versus start a bit** slower. i know the current trend is to start active and get more active, but i don’t know if i can write that way. it’s certainly not my first tendency, anyway, and i’m trying to decide whether i should be forcing that tendency aside or accepting it. i like it as it is, it feels comfortable, but that is not a good enough reason, i don’t think.
* which is a pretty good flag that it needs to be fixed significantly, but possibly not…
** actually, a 22 page prologue is more than ‘a bit’, isn’t it?