These days, it seems like something crops up every day that keeps me busy. That’s not all bad, of course, but it does mean my writing progress is often slow and haphazard. Even so, I’m still pushing ahead with the third Allison Newberry mystery. My goal last week was to get up to 10k words. I didn’t get that far, but I’m currently really close to that goal. So, it’s still coming along. Things are a little bit different with this story, thanks in part to new characters and a new setting, but it’s also different in that it does not start with a murder already having been committed Well, actually it does, bu…you’ll see for yourself when the story’s finished.
Anyway, the story is moving along and I’m getting very close to the day when I’ll be able to provide some solid details on the story [and the name of the book]. With this story, I’m continuing in the trends set by the first two: to provide an interesting mystery tinged with danger and deception, in a location that itself is a major part of the story. With what I’ve done so far, I know I can deliver on that again.
Basically, what I’m writing right now is the foundation. The first few chapters will establish characters and their relationships to one another, rather than dive straight into an investigation. As with the second book, the third will feature a broad cast of very different characters, each with their own motives and goals. I also want to try to dive deeper into the mind of Allison Newberry, find out what makes her work and how her experiences in the first two cases of her career have changed her. The trick, of course, is in how I can make that every bit as interesting as everything else in the story. So, it is a struggle in some regards, finding the balance between people talking and thing happening, but this is something that I really want to focus on, even more so than in the previous two books.
That’s all for now, I’ll be sure to keep all of you posted on that book’s status.