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.

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