I keep coming to major points in the scene summary I’m writing and finding enormous structural problems that force me to return to the start to fix. One of the latest is I did all this work and realized I had way, way too many scenes using the POV of characters who weren’t the two main characters.
In a sense, I wasn’t giving the two main characters enough “screentime,” if you will.
So, now I have to go back and figure out how I can address the issues I want to address using the POV of the two main characters a lot more. That’s my immediate task, at least. Once I straighten that out, I think I can start to move — again — out of the first act and into the first half of the second act. As I’ve mentioned before, my goal for that portion of the novel is to use the same dynamic associated with my relationship with the late Annie Shapiro when then two of us were in Seoul about a decade ago. That’s going to be the heart of the story, at least.
It’s going to require a lot of fancy footwork to plop what happened in Seoul into the scifi world I’ve managed to think up. But I honestly can’t think of any other thing off the top of my head that would give the story a “heart.” What happened between Annie and me in Seoul is really, really interesting and using the dynamic of that situation (which I know oh-so-well) would be a great way to not only flesh the characters out, but to move the plot along.
Anyway, wish me luck. I have no idea how well yet another reworking of the story is going to go.