I’ve just completed Chapter 19 in my current WIP, MAGIC AND POWER. I’m going to need a new title for this. And, yeah, at just over 63,000 words, it’s definitely going to be a novel. That wasn’t what I originally intended with this story, but, it is what it is.
I’ve just reached a point where my main character, call her “A”, is definitely done with one relationship, but hasn’t yet committed to another, with a character we’ll call “J”. The other character in that first relationship, call him “S”, hasn’t given up, yet, though. This is where I have to go carefully. My tendency is to cut off the old and start the new, but that would waste so much good conflict.
Besides, someone else, call her “M”, has set her sights on that discarded first love. And there’s a separation coming up where A will be physically away from S for a period of time. I have this awkward little scene in my head where A tries to convince S that it’s over and she’s now definitely with J at the same time S is trying to break the news that he’s now in love with M.
Oh, the possibilities.
First, though, I’ve got a dance scene to write. A is still mad at S and has decided he’s not what she wants. S hasn’t accepted that. J is in the wings, trying to get A to turn to him. I see some male dominance competition playing out at this dance.
Yes, I definitely need to string this complication out longer.
Next week, the introductory pricing of FIRE AND EARTH will go up almost everywhere.