There are times when drafting flows, and there are times when I cannot even get going because I cannot find a way in. I haven’t been good about recording these issues in the past but I’m noting it now while it’s fresh: Feri’s first scene in G&V took five separate tries before I figured out how to begin in such a way that it would convey the necessary information. About 10k of meandering, at least 2k of which was just him counting inventory from a couple different angles. Each attempt would get a little closer only to become a rambling tangent. This kind of drafting I think of like driving a car at night, trying to find the right unmarked street: you turn down the first one, go a little ways, back up, try the next street, repeat … until finally that first 600 words does what it’s supposed to and no more and you know you’re going the right way at last. Were that many false starts necessary? Perhaps … but I think this song also helped:
You know when heaven and hell collide / there are no in-betweens
I was saving this and “Nocturnal Me” for later in the book, for scenes of tracking and being tracked across snowy fields and icy lakes. But it made this scene click into focus, so it’s also Feri’s song now. The whole thing ended up being written to this + a couple pieces from Memoryhouse.