Sunday, November 15, 2015

Work Continues On Retribution

ret·ri·bu·tion

ˌretrəˈbyo͞oSH(ə)n/
noun
punishment inflicted on someone as vengeance for a wrong or criminal act.
"employees asked not to be named, saying they feared retribution"
synonyms: punishment, penalty, one's just deserts; More

So I'm continuing my work on Retribution - not so much looking at the actual wording, itself, so much as just giving the work and overall sense of synthesis. I have 65 pages, technically, and 45 of it is fairly cohesive storyline material. The other 20 pages, I will admit, is jumbled garbage.

Of course, I wrote it as a NaNoWriMo novel that I completed in the course of a month, so it is to be expected that the manuscript is not pristine and will need a lot of work.

My solution is to take things 5 pages at a time, and to stuff those 5 pages into my purse and just work on them - deleting, editing, adding sentences and smooshing them together. It's been a really successful process thus far. The good part of all this is that I've already got 37,000 words or so (60k is standard novel length) and the story's all just skin and bones. It'll be easy-peasy to add in the extra, needed 20k in word count and then some - most likely well over what is technically needed. After all, this is the final book in the series. It's my epic, where the battle of good and evil will rage, between my beaten-down main character Ash Kensington, and the mysterious dark lord Malegaunt.

And because I've seen so many fantasy stories where this doesn't happen, I have my main character actually go to the dark lord's tower, up through it, and challenge him one-on-one, sword in hard and try to kick his @$$ directly, and for no greater reason (though she puts on airs) than her own personal need for revenge.

At any rate, things are coming along, and I feel like my life is running parallel to the story at the moment, with things coming together in kind of a confusing synthesis. :)

Also, this is post #100 on this blog!!!! Hooray!!!