Turns out that distractions weren’t the only thing keeping me from working on that next scene in the prequel novella to BECOME.
It was wrong and somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew it.
This is a scene that was cut from an earlier version of the novel and resurrected for the novella. The results of this scene are important.
This is the story of the early relationship between the two brothers, based (loosely) on the Hercules and his near-twin Iphicles. Hercules was a demigod. Iphicles was not. Even though the Hercules figure is my main character, it had to be hard on the Iphicles character. And this is what the brothers had to initially overcome.
Now this scene is near the turning point (half-way through, just where it should be). The way the scene was originally written, the other brother came off as a bully. That’s wrong. Even though the main story is going to take these two down a sometimes difficult path, I don’t want him to be mean, just very, very frustrated.
So, now that I’ve figured out what was wrong, I can start drafting a new scene that will do a much better job.