I mentioned last week that the answers to my problems in the Tempest story came to me out of the blue the other day, so I spent a few days reading through what I had and looking at what remained of my outline for the novel.
It’s not in as bad of shape as I thought it was. In fact, many of the seeds for my great NEW revelation are already in the existing draft and in the upcoming outline. There are a couple scenes that need cutting or major revision to set it firmly in the right direction, but all in all, not too much. One thing that’s wrong with it is The Sentence I’ve been working with: A breeder for the Guardian Race struggles to make a young prophetâ€™s vision of their dual leadership in a reformation come trueâ€“even when the seer is banished and she becomes the cult leaderâ€™s unwilling fifth wife. I don’t have a new one to replace it at this time, but I need to cut the ‘young prophet’ right out of it. It’s not his story. It’s hers–Tempest’s–the breeder’s–story.
Once I had given it all a good look over, I asked myself if it is honestly calling me more than Green Acres right at this time. And the answer is ‘no.’ I’m still loving the Green Acres series concept, the story line for the first novel, the characters that will make it all happen.
So once again Tempest is set back aside, but with a much clearer picture of what the novel entails. And a greater nudge for getting back to it. Perhaps in spring?