There is a delicate balance that must be maintained when writing anything of considerable length. In my case, a mystery novel with more than a handful of characters that weave in and out of the story itself. Remembering that these are not cookie cutter television investigators, and that I am attempting to make them as lifelike as possible, this process can be a daunting challenge without a tedious array of notes to accompany my sessions. Peoples actions are most often motivated by the things that are happening in their daily lives, and my investigators certainly have their own lives and demons to contend with while attempting to tackle a heartbreaking homicide.
Today, I plan on visiting the hospital and birthing center with my wife, and then going for a good jog. Afterward, it would be good to refocus my energy on the book. The scene in particular involves a person that my main character knew when she was a teenager, and this person brings back a rush of memories about her sister’s mysterious death, among other things. I also have to get my character out of the hotel and into her father’s house. This shouldn’t be too daunting a task, unlike trying to shift away from the somber tone of the story. Even though it’s over 20,000 words so far, I know that the story and investigation are just beginning, and I’d rather not subject my readers to a suffocatingly depressing atmosphere. Things should lighten up before long, but this is a homicide that they are dealing with.
Well, I suppose that I should get ready to take on this day.