Chapter 2 of Raining Pearls is now finished. Again, just a “first draft.” But the story is moving along, I’m reasonably satisfied with it (at least for the moment–that has been known to change, and change often. But now, on the computer, I can tweak what I need to instead of rewriting the whole damned thing! Hooray!), and I’m putting at least some words of this novel on the screen almost every day. This is a huge improvement from my previous wallow in self-pity. After all, novels only get finished if you actually write them, and any writer will harp on you about how important routine is.
So, if this novel is going to be 100,000 words long, and each scene is about 1000 words, and there are 4 scenes per chapter… I will need to write 100 scenes in 25 chapters. Well, 2 down, 23 to go. The handwritten draft had about 10-15 chapters, so looking at the raw numbers, I might actually have a significant amount to work with. Yet another benefit of Scrivener over pencil and paper–I can see how far I am. The handwritten draft has almost 200 pages, but I suspect a lot will be getting cut or completely rewritten as I progress. Yet another platitude concerning writing–sometimes you have to cut and cut until you bleed. I’ve certainly bled a lot for this story, after more than a decade of struggling with it.
So, why the pictures this time? Well, the end of Chapter 2 features a starship’s shuttle crash, and some very strange goings-on–such as disappearing bodies. If any Earthlings trawl the bottom of the sea where it crashed, they will be mightily surprised at what they find. But something tells me they will receive that shock long before the shuttle ever sees the light of day again…
Continuing on to Chapter 3.