January 28, 2022 - End of Month Wrap-up

Friday, January 28, 2022

It’s hard to believe January is at its end already. I’d hoped to accomplish more writing this month than I did, but I’m optimistic for what lies ahead.

This week, I updated my map of the town of Shipwreck Point. I’d let that slide since deciding to recreate the complete map in PhotoshopElements rather than continuing in Gimp. Although I still have some unnamed streets, the current version is more complete than any prior versions I made, and so it should be a good reference going forward.

My muse has managed to flesh out the cast of The Case of the Pirate’s Puzzle, meaning I’ve got many more suspects than I had a week ago, which should make the mystery more interesting. If I have new suspects, it means they each have a motive as well, something that’s not always easy to come up with. Because then I have to backtrack and look at my victim and ask what about him would make this person want to kill him? This is how characters get back stories.

Suppose suspect A’s reason for wanting to kill the victim is that he seduced A’s wife. Hello? A has a wife? Okay, why would she cheat on him? Is it her or is it something about him? And why would the victim decide to have an affair with the wife? What does that say about his character? His marital situation? It’s amazing what things characters will tell you if you start asking them questions.

Anyway, I’ve got a whole bunch of new information that’s stewing around in my brain, which means there are plenty of scenes to write in this novel. I wonder what happens next?

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