When a Story Refuses to be Finished (The Way I Thought It Would, Naturally)

No, this post is not about unfin­ished sto­ries. I fin­ish all of my projects because I’m obses­sive-com­pul­sive about loose ends in every­thing. I like things done. I like have writ­ten.

Some­where last Decem­ber I set aside all oth­er projects, illus­tra­tions, world­build­ing ‘toys’, even more fre­quent blog­ging, and pushed for­ward to write the third book. It went smooth, though I did not write every day—I still don’t, and I need almost a week of chill­ing out between each chap­ter. This March the end was already in sight: I final­ly entered the Cli­max Zone. The Big Bat­tle await­ed, blah, blah, blah, etc., etc. 

And then, it hap­pened.

In the last few days I’ve dis­cov­ered that the Cli­max Zone in this sto­ry had its own spa­tial geom­e­try: like some parts of the pre­vi­ous books it was a tale of its own, so it had to be han­dled in a non-lin­ear fash­ion or warped in some oth­er unusu­al way.

Done!

I decid­ed on a solu­tion which both eased and com­pli­cat­ed things. (Duh, I just love and hate this kind of dual­i­ty.)

Marked in RED: The story region that is undergoing sudden inflation!
Marked in RED: The sto­ry region that is under­go­ing sud­den infla­tion!

So, why this is an issue? This step will make the whole book big­ger (hence I would have to save more cash for pro­fes­sion­al edits) and I may have to aban­don the pre­vi­ous struc­ture I had planned for it. Also, the dead­line that I had set for myself—to release it mid-2014, may not hold. I hate edit­ing in sum­mer and this one was promised to be the hottest sum­mer in the past 140 years, so I’m set­ting my sights for autumn. Just in case.

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.

2 Comments

  1. I’ve avoid­ing dig­ging into the end­ing of my WIP ever since I wrote the first draft. Through­out three revi­sions, I’ve sim­ply not touched it, and now I’m edit­ing the whole thing, fine-tun­ing it on a line-lev­el — and the end­ing is still not rewrit­ten.

    I know what’s hap­pen­ing, who’s doing what, who’s dying, what’s explod­ing, etc. But I some­how always pro­cras­ti­nate from giv­ing it its final pol­ish. It’s as slip­pery as a fresh fish. But I’ll get around to it even­tu­al­ly. I must. It prob­a­bly needs some rethink­ing too… maybe that’s why I avoid it. Hehe.

    1. I hear ya.

      The fun­ny thing is I know the end­ing too. I wrote some of the after­math scenes and the epi­logue for this sto­ry long before I got to book 3 prop­er­ly. But the sto­ry has sev­er­al sto­ries with­in the sto­ry, and the final ‘bat­tle’ turned out to be one of those things.

      I have a some­what slow, sketchy even, begin­ning of the series, that’s why the end­ing is going to be a seri­ous blast in con­trast.

      I find dig­ging deep into it quite refreshing–my char­ac­ters grow, the plot becomes twist­ed and com­plex, and the main arc demands a res­o­lu­tion in an unusu­al way. My con­cern with the book is sim­ply word count, because I can make a whole fourth part out of it. It’s THAT big and needs to be fold­ed grace­ful­ly. I don’t want to write anoth­er nov­el in this uni­verse (imme­di­ate­ly after the series that is.)

      I need some air. This author spent 2.5 years in a giant space­ship. 😉

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