So, I swung 569 words on Saturday, which—after this week—doesn’t seem too bad for a day that I had to work.
Content-wise, there’s not too much interesting going on in those five-hundred words. I little tech, a little background, and the basic introduction of UN-man James Kinneman. I’m still playing with the mix a lot at this stage; trying to figure out the right cadence for this narration, and the right balance between narrative advancement and description and background.
It’s harder than you might think for a science-fictional world, that balance, especially one that’s very near future. You have to try and anticipate which concepts and phrases will already be familiar to the reader, and try to keep things interesting and high-tech…but not so much so that you’ll bury the plot. At this point, I’m still throwing a lot of stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks, and it’s going to make for a very bloated first act. I’m predicting that this will very much be the part of the novel that I cut the most from when editing starts.
That’s Saturday, though. We’ve arrived at Monday now, and there are new things to be worked on. Today is the day that the plot should really begin in earnest.