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More of the mystery solved...

So, after thinking for a while once I knew the Who of the mystery that has inserted itself into my WIP, I think I've come up with the Why and What For. Whether it will stand by the end up the book or not remains to be seen, but I think it will.

And I have to say, delving into the past of these two characters has opened up so many possibilities. I may even try my hand at a few short stories regarding the two, even if they end up remaining only for my personal consumption. (This is most likely as I am not a short story writer.)

Anyway, my foot-tapping heroine finally has something to do again and I now get to go back through the few chapters I have of one of my POV characters, (who is one of the two Who from above) and add in some needed elements.

And then it is onward. I wrote a pretty decent amount in July, hitting my 25,000 word goal. August has been spent vacationing and trying to unravel this unexpected mystery. Now I hope to get back to steady writing for the remainder of this month and going forward.

Miles to Crickhollow: 7.52
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A little progress

In my recent post here I mentioned an unexpected mystery has inserted itself into my WIP, causing one of my POVs to come to a crashing halt.

Since then, my mind finally revealed the Who. However, I still need to figure out the Why and What For?

Some progress at least. Knowing the Who helps tremendously as I can now delve into their back-stories to come up with the Why and What For.

My POV is still sitting around, tapping her foot in frustration, watching while the other two POVs get to keep having fun, but I feel confident I'll unravel the rest of this mystery soon enough. Then comes the task of going back through what exists of the WIP to build up hints towards this.

Since one of the Who is one of the other POV characters, all of his scenes will need revamping. I've left an entire, absolutely critical dynamic out of the story that must be added in. Since this dynamic is at the heart of this POV character's motivations, I can't believe I didn't think to include it directly.

This is one of the traps of world building. There I was thinking I needed to figure out how to work in this particular aspect when all along it was this POV who would be the perfect vehicle for this.

Funny how the mind works -- or in this case, doesn't!

At least I've caught it early, thanks in part to the unexpected mystery.


On a side note, I've decided to keep track of my walking the way some authors are doing. Since I'm not a woman I can't exactly call it the Eowyn Challenge, even though that's what it's based upon. But I figured if I post the miles here it might motivate me to keep on target. Anyway:

Miles to Crickhollow: 2.11
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World building block? Not really, but...

So, an unexpected mystery has popped up in my WIP. And it's a mystery I really need to solve in order to keep writing one of my POV characters as this mystery will come to dominate her storyline.

It would be nice to simply tell myself that I don't need this mystery, but it really fits, and ties into a couple of other books I plan to write in this same second world universe. So, now I'm trying to figure out how this will fit in this story. Hopefully it will reveal itself soon.

One cool side effect of this is how it has really made me take a look at a character I haven't really thought about too much in terms of his past. As he is directly connected to this mystery I get to flesh his back-story out (and his brother's as well). Hopefully during that process the mystery will unravel itself so I will be able to work it into the book.

I can keep moving forward with the other two POV characters since it will be a while before this POV character reunites with the other two.

Another cool side effect is, while vacationing at Hershey Park earlier in the week, while trying to think about this mystery while waiting on line, I did come up with an idea for another book. Oddly, this book is a fantasy/mystery, which would be something entirely new for me to attempt as I've never written or been inclined to write a mystery. It occurs to me this could have something to do with this current mystery not coming to me so easily.

Are there mysteries out there in an epic fantasy setting? I guess I should take a look around.