Yes, I’m talking about two different things. First, plotting murder. It’s a lot more complicated than I thought it would be. INTO THE DARK’s bad guy is a stalker, and the murder he commits was fairly straightforward. But the antagonist in THE PROPHET is all sorts of angry, and there are a total a four murders (one part of the back story) to plan. He’s a serial killer, but not with the usual motivations, so he’s not a classic repeater. Which means every murder is a bit different, and I’ve had a really hard time keeping track.
Enter the lovely diagram above. I probably could have found a better quality copy, but this one had the anatomy I was looking for. My novel kit for THE PROPHET now includes four of these babies, with the details of the murder in red pencil.
How creepy am I? Honestly, I don’t care. While Scrivener is great, I still need to visualize things, and I take a lot of handwritten notes. So these sheets will work great when I need to reference the murders.
As for my Row80 check-in, I’ve only got about 700 words written this week, but I have been revising the plot quite a bit. The basic structure is still there, but thanks to my critique parter, I was able to pinpoint some character motivation issues and fix them before the book progressed. The main issue was my bad guy, and I had to spend a lot of time revising his back story. It’s amazing how key it is to our novels and how little page time it actually receives. I think I’m on track now, and I plan on shoring up Act 1 before writing any further. I think this will writing the rest of the book a lot easier.
I’m traveling this weekend, so my short-term goals are limited:
*Finish Scene Changes in Act 1.
*Finish Tomorrow’s Thriller Thursday Post.
*Don’t eat my weight while I’m out of town.
Now, onto #WLAuthor.
If you’ve not heard of the World Literary Café helmed by bestselling author Melissa Foster, go check it out. Previously the WoMen’s Literary Café, the community is a great place to bridge the gap between readers and authors. Melissa has extensive experience in publishing and marketing, and her goal is to help authors grow and promote by uniting them with readers. I’m just learning the ropes, but it seems to be structure for authors in all stages, and Melissa is eager to help everyone navigate social media to get their best results. World Literary Café also has a Twitter hashtag: #WLCAuthor. Stop by and say hello.
How’s your Row80 week going? Are you creepy like me and diagram your book’s murders (if they have one)?