I Continue To Use ‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’ As My ‘Textbook’

by Shelt Garner

While on a substantive basis, my novel is totally different from any of Stieg Larsson’s work other than a few “form follows function” quirks, I do continue to use the second novel in his Millennium series as my “textbook.” Whenever I have a question about structure and the like, I think back to my careful study of that novel and act accordingly.

It took me forever to figure out the structure of The Girl Who Played With Fire until I learned that it was actually the first half of a bigger novel. THEN things started to make sense.

I still hope to fall within the sweetspot of about 100,000 words for this novel. AND I have decided to to pretty much totally rework the first half of the second act so things are a lot more clear and focused.

That, at least, is the goal.

I really need to stop screwing around and get things done sooner rather than later.

Author: Shelton Bumgarner

I am the Editor & Publisher of The Trumplandia Report

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