Saturday, April 17, 2010

Day 20, April 17, 2010

Today's two scenes provide a study in contrast. In one, a principal character is presented with 11,000 possible suspects for an offense (which has not yet risen to the level of a crime but certainly contains the implicit threat of one) and in the other scene a specific suspect for the same offense is presented to another principal character.

These divergent views force the reader to consider which of the two scenarios is more likely right. One, of course, is a red herring. But forcing the reader to make a choice engages him or her further and keeps the pages turning.

Speaking of pages, I managed only four today. Lots of distractions, so four wasn't a bad number.

Day 20 of writing my new novel is done.

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