A Race to the Mountain Top

On days when I’m in good health, I pro­ceed with my quest to write the third book.

Six­ty thou­sand words seem like a small amount to some, espe­cial­ly to those who had writ­ten epic-sized nov­els, yet in my realm of novel­las (and, maybe, short nov­els) every word has a weight of ten, and must be used with a pre­ci­sion of a sniper. There are good rea­sons I keep it short: the costs of edit­ing the big thing and the lack of ener­gy required to work with a huge text. The lat­ter, pure­ly phys­i­cal fac­tor, played the key role in writ­ing a 130k sto­ry in three parts, and not at once. Okay, it also felt like it should be in three parts, and not one piece of a mon­ster nov­el.

So here I am with a brief out­line for the third book, Per­se­ver­ance. The out­line is a list of events and out­comes from the events of the pre­vi­ous sto­ry parts. It is not set in stone, but it is a use­ful item to have.


I usu­al­ly nev­er go beyond the list-type thing, sim­ply pants­ing the rest. I have the first chap­ter (episode) and the last one already writ­ten. I can pro­ceed with the rest now, hop­ing through my list of things to play with. 

How far, how soon is the moun­tain summit–I have no idea. But I know well the sto­ry I want to tell. In the end it’s all that mat­ters.

Jeno Marz
JENO MARZ is a science fiction writer from Latvia, Northern Europe, with background in electronics engineering and computer science. She is the author of two serial novels, Falaha’s Journey: A Spacegirl’s Account in Three Movements and Falaha’s Journey into Pleasure. Marz is current at work on a new SF trilogy. All her fiction is aimed at an adult audience.

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