The part where I cheat

So this one is coming down to the wire. To use a tired phrase. And it’s been strange. I’ve babbled here and there about the huge number of things that have caught me off guard whenever it comes time to add another installment to Matthew and Epp, and here are some more.

In a larger project like this, one tends to come up with key scenes and moments that you sort of store away and hope to spring on your audience when you (finally) get to a certain point in your book. These are your flagship scenes, the jewels you adore so much that it’s hard to say if you’ve constructed the jewels to fit the crown or if you’ve constructed the crown so you’ll have a place to showcase the jewels. About ninety percent of my little jewel scenes seem to want to work their way into this current section, but there’s a problem. There’s always a problem. Because those little jewel scenes are abstract, disjointed, separate elements in your head and when it comes time to decorate your story with them a lot of times it turns out that they don’t quite fit for some reason or another. Either your characters aren’t as into cheese as you thought they’d be or there’s no way you’re getting them all to take a blimp ride or none of them know kung-fu or whatever it is, you find that your little jewels have to be recut or resized or that they were just stupid flights of fancy to begin with and not actual scenes. Which can be trying. It’s sad to wave goodbye to something you thought you were building towards because you’ve finally come to acknowledge that it doesn’t fit.

Also in this section I’ve come into a problem I’ve often come across with Matthew and Epp stories which is that the characters, all of them, are a lot smarter than me. It’s tough to carry you, my readers, along and tell their, my characters, stories because a lot of time I’m struggling to keep up myself. And when you have a section like this where confusion reigns, it’s really quite tricky. I’ve stopped and restarted any number of scenes trying to figure out the best place to put the camera, so to speak, in order to let you follow along as everyone does their thing rather than try to force my characters to constantly stop and tell you what they’re planning or have to spell everything out with my clunky prose. It’s far better when we can just sit back and watch.

And now I’m going to break all of my personal rules and give you some advice for how to read one of my stories.

Pay attention in this next section, my faithful readers, and be careful whose word you’re trusting. Things get a bit tricky.

Or maybe I’m overreacting.

No idea what I’m talking about? Go read part one of the Matthew and Epp stories, “Second Choice,” which is located here. Then move along through Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part5 and Part 6. By which point you’ll be all set to read Part 7 which publishes on Thursday.