Postmortem: A Study In Magic: The Application Chapters 16~21

Chapter 21: Declaring War is up, everyone! And a postmortem, too. It’s been a while since I wrote one of these. This post has been brewing for a while. After chapter 21, I knew I had to write about John.

Characterization and Plot

A lot of readers have trouble picturing John in A Study In Magic. Martin Freeman’s face solidifies our image of Dr. Watson, so no wonder. I didn’t even take the easy route of changing John’s name (side note: my earlier drafts called her Jane). Anyway, the moment I realized ASIM!John is … you know, I refused to proceed until I nailed down the image on paper. Here is the most recent sketch: (more…)

NaNoWriMo Last days

It’s a wrap! I’m more than halfway done with the last chapter of A Study In Magic that I’d planned to write for NaNoWriMo.

In a span of 28 days, I’ve written 36,400 words for A Study In Magic, the Application. This translates to eight chapters, with an average chapter about 4,550 words. These include the hardest, most heartrending scenes I ever wrote. The werewolf activism chapter has nothing over these. I cried harder writing them, definitely. (more…)