I’ve managed to get a small amount of prep done despite all attempts to procrastinate. Yay, me!
I’ve gotten Scrivener up and running, pasted in all the stuff I wrote in 2008, and skimmed the story. I wrote 13 chapters, more or less, and thanks to the corkboard feature, I’m getting a feel for the story arc.
The good news: the story reels along fairly well (if with a lot of melodrama; I don’t remember writing so much melodrama!) up until about chapter 6 or 7.
The bad news: it really derails at this point. The main guy is all brooding.The heroine becomes a romantic weeper. Ugh.
It’s incredibly gothic, the kind I usually make fun of. Actually realizing I’ve written this is kinda surreal
I swear to godz, she’s only lacking a wrist to her forehead and some deep sighing.
I shall fix this.
A lot of the deeper elements of the story just weren’t developed prior to the original writing I did; I’ve had Thoughts on the story over the last several years, even when I didn’t consciously realize I’d been tweaking the plot. Now there’s several bits that just don’t fit the direction of the story; they’ll have to go completely. Other bits are awesome, and I’ll have to figure out a way to rework them into the story. Some fit but are complete crap; they’ll have to be rewritten entirely.
Oh, and there’s too much romance in the story. I thought I was aiming for Heyer in tone, but the way it reads, it turned out like Victoria Holt*. While I enjoy having romance and even sexy times in a story**, I don’t like it to be the primary story. So that’s something else that needs to be fixed.
*I looooved Victoria Holt when I was twelve.
**I actually didn’t get to the first dammed sex scene by chapter 13. I hit 50,000 and stopped writing just before getting to it. Probably just as well; the way I was going, it would have involved poetic euphemisms. :shudder: