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The march to finish the second draft of THOLAC is steadily moving forward, maybe a touch slower than I wanted. I’ll have to make some sacrifices along the way to ensure this gets finished in a timely manner. I guess that means fewer audiobooks, painting, and critiquing for me. I have 18 chapters finished out of 30 total, and there’s still the prologue and epilogue to go through.
I’ve added an additional 16k to the word count total, bringing it over 135k. I don’t know if that’s good overall, but I like to think so. This allowed me to flesh out a secondary character who—although gets a fair share of screen time—has little POV moments. Regarding where I go with these characters, it’s crucial to have their motivations and personalities flesh out so when decisions come, they don’t seem random or left field. Since this is the focus of my second draft, it’s imperative to flesh these moments and people out.
I usually don’t have main characters but instead a wide cast of people. That cannot be said for THOLAC. Maro, my first rogue-ish character, might be a new favorite for me. He steals the limelight, and his personality is hard to resist. Honestly, when he’s on the page, you have no idea what’s going to happen. I like that element of chaos.
That’s it for this round, short and sweet. I shall return…
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