This blog does need a picture or two. Perhaps, once the drudgery of 3rd draft chapter edits are done, I can get back to some full time screwing around.
Chapter Nine has quickly followed on the coat tails of Chapter Eight. You would hope so wouldn’t you. Since writing ‘Le Moine Perdu’ I have been looking forward to these two final chapters. They are the punchline to the set-up, the icing on the cake, the pus from the zombie’s pustulating sores, the final disconnect in a broken chain of madness…blah blah blah. My point is (was) I’ve been looking forward to seeing how the book ends.
It’s strange to be getting close to sitting back and viewing it as a whole again. It’s slightly disconcerting too. Last time, in 1st draft mode, the panoramic view of the novel was one of a limp ended collection of fun roller coaster ride stories. I’m hoping I have stitched them closer together, made them recognise and be familiar with each other…call themselves a novel. I doubt they’ll want to jump into bed together and make babies just yet…I suspect I’m several revisions (and a lot of high powered – and expensive – help) away from that point.
The confidence has grown in that I think the two years I’ve spent on the book could now be condensed into a much shorter time. I think I have improved. I don’t think I would make the same 1st draft errors I used to make. – Please don’t judge this mistyped, unedited blather of made up words as evidence of my improvidality.
The nuts and bolts? Well after the 1st draft, some people reported missing the entire point of this chapter. So this time through I tried to make it clearer, without spoon feeding the reader. I eliminated a lot of useless and misdirecting text and really worked on Charles’s speeches. Going forward from here, the art of allowing the reader to close the book, as in connect all the dots, will be an ongoing trauma…I believe. I really don’t want to be asked to hand over all of it’s secrets. That would be condescending to the reader. Yet, equally, I would have just created a paperweight if I’m too vague.
Things for me to consider – make Ernest’s voice his own. – Does the chapter title still hold? …it is after all, only a “touch” of Medeas??
…on that, I removed a whole heap of symbolism after being subjected to another writer’s ghastly effort. She was quite proud of her references, both symbolic and blatant – they struck me as a cheap pose. I’m, most likely, equally rubbish for many other reasons – ‘Fight Club’ I have not written – but at least it’s one less thing I can despise myself for. Ending on controversy and bitchiness hey…woof!!
I needed pictures? Well following on the theme…At the 3rd draft stage, I am one of the following (Neither of which is a beautiful and unique snowflake):
Please, someone, guess the right answer…