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In the Field of Mars

Draft one is finally done.

This was a much different experience than the last. For one, it’s shorter, brisker and there’s less explanation. Not everything gets explained. I don’t know yet if it helps or hurts. I didn’t finish it for days, knowing what I had to write. I didn’t want it to end but unlike the last time, there were no mysteries left. I knew how it would end as if it were written already.

I’m not as heartbroken, either. I don’t know why yet. They were fun to be around but I may need a new tack next time. A new crowd. I don’t know. As usual, everyone has their own agenda and that’s what makes the best parts. An unlikely character actually turns out to be a better one than I thought, providing the best humor and half the banter. I had no idea she had it in her. The villain is probably fairly obvious but I don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing.

It’s a less complicated story because there is no framing story, it’s more like a real-time chase scene. Motivations are murky but the actual how-to was almost too clear and that’s why I thought it sucked when I was writing it. It’s less horrid than I thought but there are some beats missing that I thought I had. Scenes I loved since before the whole thing was written will have to be changed to fit the frame. That’s why you should never pre-write anything. It won’t fit later.

I don’t know how I feel about it exactly, except that it’s 30% shorter and I have no idea if that’s good or bad or WHAT.

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