I'm down to the last two chapters of this third novel in the Tales of the Watermasters series. The penultimate chapter is proving surprisingly tricky as I try to tie up the many loose ends and have all the characters be active agents working to accomplish their goals.
Would XX really have done that? Surely YY would have left instructions with his men, but did they prove loyal? Or did they betray him? Where did ZZ go and what did she do, and how could the POV character have known that? Physically, what was possible? How much time had to have elapsed? Psychologically, what will the reader find plausible in motivation and emotional response? In terms of the plot, what is happening in the story? The climax should have occurred in the last chapter, but some of my characters just don't seem to want to let loose of their hopes for victory . . .
I fear I'm going to have to write a fourth novel just to contain what I thought was going to be the plot of this one (man vs. the environment).
Today was a hard slog. The only writing I accomplished, other than this blog, was a writing exercise: promotional material for Swallowing the Sun, the first novel in the series.
historic photograph of a Maricopa shaman
Images like this one usually inspire me when I run out of ideas. Today, alas, it failed.