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…)
I challenged myself to finish writing the whole chapter in a week. I managed … barely. 1250-1300 words a day, in a span of an hour, but not writing on weekends seems to be my sweet spot. I tend not to write on weekends as they are my reading days. I get depressed when I don’t read at least a book or two per week. It also lets me distance myself from the ugly first draft(s), and construct a cleaner chapter.