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The knife

December 8, 2017 - 07:25 -- Admin

I'm in the final trenches of the space opera I've been writing. (Although the characters seem to spend more time fighting in trenches than space).As most of you know, I've been a plotter since Weapons of Choice, which taught me a few hard lessons about not working with a plot outline. For THE CRUEL STARS I have a comprehensive scene-by-scene blueprint in Scrivener. I do let the characters walk their own path if they insist, but we always come back to the main narrative arc.I can see from the outline and the words I currently have in the manuscript bank that this book would run about 30-40% over its contracted word length (90K) if I let it.I'd like to, but can't. The audiobook people, for one, would freak.So this morning is all about taking a knife to that outline.