Dispatches from the desk # 17: Progress Report

I was having a bit of trouble finding my way around my file now that I’m down to the last few chapters, which aren’t all conveniently located at the end (I write all in one file), so I made a navigation file which has “Chapter” plus the number if it has one, followed by the first sentence or two of each chapter. Works better than the number, because those keep changing; these last few chapters keep undergoing mitosis. (Which is why it’s taking me so darned long to finish, sorry guys.) It means I can now easily find where I need to be when weaving things in, and it gives a really interesting and impressionistic scan over the book. I was surprised to find that one sentence, two at most, is enough to tell whose chapter it is and where they are, but that’s probably a good thing, with a double plot spread over hundreds of miles.


About K.V. Johansen

The author of Blackdog, The Leopard, The Lady, and Gods of Nabban, epic fantasies from Pyr, I also write for teens and children, including the "Torrie", "Warlocks of Talverdin", and "Cassandra Virus" series, and the "Pippin and Mabel" picture books, as well as a couple of short story collections and two works of adult literary criticism on the history of children's fantasy literature. I have a Master's degree in Mediaeval Studies, and read a lot of fantasy, science fiction, and history. Blog at thewildforest.wordpress.com
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2 Responses to Dispatches from the desk # 17: Progress Report

  1. I like the sentence idea, probably helps a lot. And you used the word mitosis to describe what your story is going through right now. That’s awesome.

  2. KV Johansen says:

    Thanks! Confession, though – I always have to stop and think hard about whether it’s mitosis or meiosis I want.

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