The Info Dump

by syaffolee

This year, apparently, is the year for self-loathing. I really don’t like chapter three in my current Nanowrimo project. It’s mostly just info dumping, explanation about how the universes in my story works. My characters don’t do anything interesting. And the plot itself isn’t moving forward. In the next chapter, I really will put a catalyst that will get my characters off their butts. I’m not quite sure what the catalyst will be yet, but it will be something that will jolt them from complacency. Something that will give them a deadline.

I have some thoughts about scenes for my alternate timelines. There was a mention in the original timeline about a race that called themselves demons (even though they aren’t) but I wasn’t intending the characters in the original timeline to meet these creatures. The characters in the alternate timeline, however, might have a chance of doing so. I think there will be at least one alternate chapter (separate from the first alternate timeline) where there won’t be any human characters at all. Maybe it will become comic relief. But I probably won’t start writing this one until I get to chapter six on the original timeline, at the earliest.

Confused yet? Heck, I’m starting to get a little confused myself. I think I need to rearrange my novel index page once again to help keep track of things. So in a nutshell there’s: the original timeline, alternate timeline #1 (following the characters in the original timeline but on a different route), and alternate timeline #2 (with non-human characters who are supporting characters in the original timeline). There may be additional timelines as it gets later in the month. Anything can happen.

But first, I need to stop with the info dump and get the plot moving in the original timeline.