Making connections

I hit 111,000 words today on Rhune and yet I’m still about four chapters away from the end.  Which is where I was 8,000 words ago.  Part of the issue is as I come to the end of this book I’m pulling together all the various connections to wrap it up but also providing some threads for the second book.

Robin and I were talking at lunch how my books have a lot of  connections…little things that don’t seem important later have a bigger meaning.  These are the things that I really enjoy doing.  Robin thinks it is part of my subconscious mind that is constantly laying the ground work for me to make use of once my conscious mind sees that they are there…but I think it has more to do with a desire on my part to use something that is already there as opposed to adding on.

In today’s case I came across a nice little character trait that was once just a quirk and now will weave into a plot device.  Fun times. Also at lunch Robin was wondering if Rhune would change as I wrote Dherg.  My answer was absolutely.  I don’t think she liked that answer as I’m sure she was testing the waters to see if she could roll them out separately.  I don’t think she’ll be getting her wish as it’s the ability to make these connections and weave threads that gets me so excited, and I’m not about to give that up.

4 thoughts on “Making connections

  1. Do you outline your stories ahead of time, and therefor have a sense for what threads exist or may exist? Or do you write your stories more as a stream of consciousness and threads that end up in the finished book are somewhat coincidental? (You mention adding connections back to earlier mentions…)

    • Yep…but that doesn’t mean I don’t discover things as I write. It’s just that when I do come across something new that is going to make change tacks…I’ll make sure that I adjust my outline so I always know where I’m going. I never lose sight of the end destination, even if I’m going to wind up somewhere different than I had originally thought.

      I have too much weaving/connecting to do it strictly by discovery.

  2. I call those little threads of yours breadcrumbs. They are the little details that are added in to turn a concept into a fully realized, believable scene, but which have no obvious connection to the plot at the time: the contents of a desk drawer, an overheard conversation, a minor character.

    Later on, when you want to weave in connections, you go back to your trail of breadcrumbs and start picking them up.

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