Since Niklas asked I suppose I can just go ahead and give a public update. Basically I have come to the realization that what I am currently writing is not so much a novel or even a story but a very wordy outline/brainstorming session. I haven’t exactly pinned down the main plot so I’m kind of winging it.
The issue comes down to moving the setting back to Earth. This was the correct thing to do, it really was, but as a result the previous plot I had etched out doesn’t fly anymore. I have very vague ideas of what is going on and what will happen but so far I’m just rambling. 😀
There is a character named Laura Salkin although that might change. She’ll probably kill someone named Payal for revenge.
A character I thought I was going to kill off might actually survive until the end. We’ll see.
I am having issues tackling the issue of magic use, specifically how to describe it. During the course of writing any scene involving it I became painfully aware of my Wheel of Time obsession and lack of any other fantasy reading aside from Song of Ice and Fire in recent years. I grapple with how to write about someone using air to pin someone down without sounding like bad Aes Sedai fanfiction.
There are a lot of points where logic just plains fails, but thankfully I recognize that and can fix in revision.
Having said all that, when I do finish this strange outline Nik and Kate will suffer and read it, I’ll edit, then Laura and Jan will get the actual official first draft. One could argue I might love one set of friends more than other based on this division. I’ll let you come to your own conclusions regarding that.