July 17th, 2008

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Things coming together

So, I finally figured out at least one of the people accompanying the duchess on her diplomatic mission: the very knight my protagonist squire serves. This will actually work out well as it provides the way for the squire to end up guarding the crown prince.

And I get to dig up my original first draft from a long time ago and use some of the scenes I wrote where the prince and the squire are traveling south through the Isle to the main docks. All I need to do is reverse the direction and order of those events and they will fit right in.

Suddenly, I have another 7100 words to add, yet again doubling this WIP. I will probably rewrite all 7100 words and expand upon them - and that doesn't even count the new scenes with the duke who discovers his daughter has been sent on a fool's mission along with his top knight.

I still have to plot out the duchess' overall subplot. I do know where she ends up at the conclusion of this book, but the journey she'll go on to get there is still all up in the air other than her soon to be hostage status.

Hopefully, while I rework the bulk of the crown prince/squire scenes I get to restore from oblivion I will have worked out her journey.
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Finding a character's voice

So, the duchess has embarked on her ill-fated mission. I have a feeling much of this chapter will eventually change as I develop this foreign culture she heads towards. Also, I'm still trying to figure the duchess herself out.

She's gone through many variations over the years since I first came up with her character. Her overall fate has remained the same throughout all this time but she remains an elusive person even now. I know I will eventually find out her true personality and how to present that to the reader. This journey she is embarking on is a new plot development. Perhaps by taking her completely out of her element I'll learn who she really is and how best to portray her.

I suspect there will quite a lot of rewriting for this WIP. I don't mind though. Finishing the story right is more important than finishing the story quick.

Have you ever had a character that has proved extremely elusive, taking multiple drafts of a story or even drafts from different stories to finally flesh out?