Writing Update 10/14/2022

Hey guys! I realized I had a writing update post on my calendar for today, so here it is! Honestly, not much has changed since the last one, so this will probably be pretty short. But, as I said in yesterday’s post, that’s okay since we like short things, haha!

Anyways, I haven’t had much writing time this week since I wanted to use any free time I had to study for my precalculus midterm. I’m super thankful that’s over with, so I’m hoping to do some writing today! I’m so close to being done with the 4th draft of my novel, but I’ve run into a bit of a snag. I don’t remember if I mentioned this last time, but I decided to add in two chapters. I wrote one, but I’m really starting to debate if this second one is completely pointless.

Last night while I was thinking about it, I’m kind of leaning towards taking out that second chapter I added. So why am I still torn? Well, at the end of the book, each of the point-of-view characters get something of a closing chapter to kind of set up where things will pick up in the second book, if that makes any sense. I wanted to close out on a ominous note for each of them. The second-to-last chapter, which focused on the two main character, was already in the plan and is completely necessary. Then, when I added the other chapter for one of the other characters, I decided that one was also necessary since it contained a conversation that needed to take place (and I got to foreshadow some stuff that is planned for the epilogue of the last book, so I was pretty happy with that!).

Then…I came to the chapter for the third point-of-view character. This was the second extra chapter I decided to add in, but now, as I said, I’m not so sure about it anymore now that I’ve started writing it. I wanted it to set the stage for what would be this particular characters possible demise in the next book, but I guess the way I’m doing it doesn’t feel right. I’m looking at the pros and cons for the scene, and here is what I’ve come up with:

Pros –

It makes the next chapter, chapter 24, for the two main characters read smoother (since C24 kinda jumped around a little bit after chapter 21, so it felt a little weird).

It foreshadows what is to come in the next book; not only for this character’s fate, but for how the big bad will be brought down.

It just feels nicer for each of the point-of-view characters to get their own closing chapter.

Cons –

The plot of the chapter is somewhat strange and different from the rest of the book.

It feels a little pointless with the scene I have going on in it, which ties into the first con.

With these pros and cons, it is kind of hard to figure out if I should really scrap it or not. Right now I’m thinking of seeing if I can possibly change the plot of the chapter to flow more with the rest of the book. I’ve moved on to work on a different chapter while I think out what I want to have happen with chapter 23. I’m hoping to come up with something soon so I can make my final decision!

Do you have any thoughts on this? Let me know if you think I should push through with this chapter, or ditch it! And as always, God bless y’all and have a wonderful week!

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