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Slept late on my birthday, then did a little housework (laundry, vacuuming). The family really wanted to take me out for dinner, so we went to a family-owned Italian restaurant (not the one in Silver Spring that I really like; they don't do dinner on Sundays) and I had cheese tortellini in a four cheese sauce and cannoli for dessert. Yum.

Spent yesterday laying around and playing WoW. Doing the insomnia thing tonight (hence the 4a posting), but I actually have to be up and about today (therapy in the afternoon, and I need to go past the house first to pick up the check and maybe do some picking up). I know I can actually manage a normal sleep schedule; I just don't have any specific reason to right now, so I can't be bothered. Bad idea, I know.

In unrelated news, I'm having structural issues with my stargate_summer fic. I've never really written a novel-length story before; An Apple a Day is practically individual fic, and each "chapter" has a specific prompt; and Osprey, the unfinished original novel I started, God, ten years ago, came to me completely structured, and I just had to fill the framework in. I'm much more blind on this one, and I'm having issues figuring out where to divide the chapters. I'm using a limited third person to narrate, but the focus character (whose thoughts they are) is going to change from one section to the next. Should a single chapter have only one narrator? Should there be some sort of mini-cliffhanger to take the reader into the next chapter? I have a feeling I should ignore this for now and come back to it during beta, or at least not until Part 1 is done, but I'm getting hung up on it, since right now I'm just writing individual scenes, and I''m pretty sure I'll want some sort of separation in the final version. Ugh, I don't know.



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Apr. 21st, 2009 10:31 am (UTC)
Should a single chapter have only one narrator?


Should there be some sort of mini-cliffhanger to take the reader into the next chapter?


You have a natural instinct for where to break a story. I think you know where to break your chapters/sections but you're just not trusting yourself. Trust yourself.

Also, don't be afraid if one section is grossly longer than another on the first draft.
Apr. 21st, 2009 10:36 am (UTC)
Eh, I just worry that chapter breaks need to be worked out in advance so that the narration is right. Example: I'm trying to decide whether a certain plot point should come before or after another (points building to a climax, the order isn't important), and I think who is narrating each section/point is going to determine the chapter divisions. And then I look at where the break would theoretically fall, and the chapter is so short. Gah, I wish I knew what I was doing.
Apr. 21st, 2009 10:43 am (UTC)
Are you cycling through the characters in a set order?
Apr. 21st, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
Not sure yet. I'm really just playing it by ear. All of what's written right now is third person of Jack's POV. But I realized that that would be troublesome later on, since there's action that needs to be seen through other people's eyes.
Apr. 21st, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Oh hai thur Osprey, remember Twisted Destinies? Yeah, Destinies' changed a hell of a lot during the time she's been sitting in the locker room in my head and she'll be stuck there quite a bit longer. Thought I'd let you know she hasn't be crushed to death by the bigger players.
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