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The End Beginning Again

Beautiful morning, good breakfast, the Chicago II album playing in my earphones while I Panera 10514blog at Panera–yes, it’s a great day.  Here’s a picture to prove that I’m telling the truth.  You’ll have to take my word about the album, but since Chicago II is one of my favorite albums, you know I’m not just telling you that.

More writing last night, but this time I waited until about nine PM to start.  I was busy through the afternoon, I watched the original The Thing From Another World, then flipped over to Mythbusters to watch their season opener.  One I got on I finished the current scene, cranking out just under a thousand words in about ninety minutes.  The story is over ninety-five thousand words now, and the next goal is the Big One Hundred, which is something I’ve only done once before, an that was a long time ago.

Once I finish the next scene I’ll be out of Wednesday and into Thursday (in my story), and with that comes a bit of nastiness.  I’ve maybe a dozen scenes left to write, and that could take me to about one hundred thirty thousand total.  Maybe a little more.  Maybe.  Anymore I just write and not worry about where the word count takes me.

However, during the afternoon I started my mind down the road to the end of this story.  Not the end of this novel, mind you, but the end of the main characters of this novel.  A while ago I put together most of their lives, how they’ll go through life, the major events they’ll encounter, and finally, how they’ll die.  Yeah, I do that:  I like to go from birth to death with some of my characters, and in the case of Annie and Kerry, I’ve already described their births.

It’s only natural that I know how they check out.

The thing is, there’s more to the story after they die.  Call it the coda, call it the epilogue, call it whatever you like:  there’s a followup that is designed to wrap up everything nice and neat.  But how to get there?

So I went and stole an idea I had for another novel.

I have an idea file.  Let me show it to Idea Fileyou:

There.  You just got to see something I’ve never showed to anyone.  You see some of the ideas that have come to fruition and were written.  You see a few that I do want to do badly, including my Indonesian horror series and my Monster House novel that came out of a recurring dream.  And there are a few here that I know will never be written, but the concepts and ideas I developed for those stories remain to this day.

In one of those stories I came up with the idea of having one person who had close to the events in the novel to be the last around to tell everyone what happened.  You could call her Ishmael, and I won’t try to dodge that one, because it’s fairly close to the mark.

I started thinking about the characters of my current story and wondered how I could finish not only their tale, but the tale of those who helped make them the characters they became, and there it was:  my Ishmael from another story.

This is why you keep an idea file, kiddies:  you never know when they’ll come back to make what you’re working on a lot easier to write.  Even if you’ve never gotten close to writing what you want to write.

14 thoughts on “The End Beginning Again

  1. What’s the software you are using to keep track of your ideas? I need something like that, I have ADHD and find it hard to concentrate and stay on track. I tend to have lots of ideas, then forget them or jump to something else before exploring my first idea.

    • I use Scrivener for all my writing. It’s more a project management system for developing stories than a work processor, but the text editing part is just as good as anything out there. I have written about it more than a few times, as well as some of the other software I use. You can find that post here, Builder of Worlds. I’ve also written about Aeon Timeline here, which is another good program. You have any questions, feel free to ask.

  2. Great post, Cassidy. I like your idea file. Thanks for sharing! I haven’t used Scrivener, but maybe it’s a bit like Storyist? In Storyist, I can put up notes, attach photos of people that are as close as I can get to what my characters look like, include character details, plot elements, rearrange elements, etc.

    For my own stories, I do a lot of heavy outlining. I don’t let it restrict me, however, I use it as a guide. It helps me see if I’m on track to getting where I’m trying to move the story, Gives me a helpful overview of everything, including timing (can character A get across town in time for scene B? helps catch mistakes, helps with pacing, how wordy I’m getting as I can easily compare the weight of segments according to their importance. If I know a scene is supposed to be less important then my page count should be shorter, stuff like that.

    When I decide that a new idea I have is better than its entry in the outline, I adjust the outline and review to make sure I can still get to the end properly and that everything makes sense. It’s a nice tool and still leaves room for lots of exploration along the way!

    I set aside the first book in a trilogy I was writing to coauthor 2 anthologies that I put up on Kickstarter this month: Arcane Synthesis. 🙂 23 days left and hoping to fund! Anyway, fun stuff and I wish you the very best with your writing, Cassidy!

    • Chicago’s a good city; I miss it a bit these days. Managed to see the group Chicago right after they came out with their Hot Streets album, so I nearly got to see them with the original lineup. They were another band I used to listen to a lot.

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