So I read the ending of my work-in-progress the other night in Writer’s Club. And they loved it. It worked. Our published poet especially loved the final paragraph.
I’ve struggled with that ending for years. I had trouble working out how it should go, what happened, how much to reveal, when it happened, etc. etc. I’ve deleted things and changed things and rewritten it a bunch of times. A while back, I showed a reader three different endings and asked which one she liked best.
This one finally worked.
Now, I’m finishing up the research, basically German culture and language. I spent several years reading all about Nazi Germany and the decades leading up to it and how people thought; I think at this point I know all I need to know.
I’m bogged down in editing, though, because I struggle to find time to do it, and I’m working on Heinrich’s speech patterns. I hear Germans all the time on the radio because I listen to Goth/Industrial, but I still have trouble getting it right. I think next book everybody will be a native English speaker. argh
In revising my first two books to get them ready for a new platform, the writing of my youth surprised me. There were amazing passages I’d forgotten all about. But with “Bismarck” I feel like I’m at the peak of my powers, as they say. It’s probably because I’ve been running a website and blogging for some 18 years, writing all sorts of things, from political pieces to memoirs, while also reading all sorts of things.
It’s getting there, people. It’s getting there…..
Description of my work-in-progress: Typing An Unwilling Time-Traveler, a novella I wrote in high school, onto my main website, revived my old passion for that story. Ever since October 2015, I have been working on a full revision. The original was about a teenage girl abducted to Nazi Germany by a time-traveler; the new version has become far more complex. Now woven in are various themes such as narcissism, authoritarian religion, deconstructing from Fundamentalism/Evangelicalism, purity culture, and falling for a Svengali figure. The themes of a Christian society falling for the lies of an authoritarian state, and how warfare is conducted, are also increasingly relevant to our times. There are Gothic tropes as well as science fantasy. You can read about my revisions in my writing blog.