Here’s page 118 of “Court of the Abominatrix”.
So… still think I’m just gonna kill everybody?
Page 119 is already written, so it should be on time (Friday).
I’m curious. Do your ideas come as you are writing? I ask because I’ve been writing a serial for over a year now and only just last week worked out a key part of the story. Seems weird not to have it pre-planned but that’s the way I write. I seem to remember you saying you write seat-of-the-pants style. Certainly opens the story up for a cosmic battle with this new development.
I think I asked this question before…. But I can’t remember when…
It sounds dumb, I know. Like getting in your car and then deciding where you want to go after you’ve been driving around for half the day. But you never know what that sort of improvisation might bring you. Stuff that never would have happened if you’d waited. Stuff that never would have happened if you turned this corner rather than the next one. Hey, you gotta go with what you’re given. And that’s what I got.
The stories develop as I write them. Normally when I start a story, I have:
Several key scenes I think would be cool…
…all of which can change at any moment. I may or may not have a vague outline of how I want the story to go, but such outlines contain very little details and are usually discarded before the end. Once I get started, the characters become co-authors of the story, and I’ve had characters surprise me on more than one occasion. Having a sudden revelation about how the story should go is commonplace. For me, at least. I had no idea what the Abominatrix looked like until I wrote it. Frank was supposed to die much earlier in the story, but he steadfastly refused. The Bradley-creature wasn’t supposed to come back… but, dammit he made that promise earlier in the story and he’s the kind of creature that always keeps his word. The fact that Owen is… apparently… a black belt in some martial art was completely unplanned; HE decided that he was, and so I went with it. And that’s just this one story.
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