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Dancing in Circles?

((Some of what follows may be vaguely spoilerish. Don't read if you hate spoilers).

A DANCE WITH DRAGONS just got a little shorter.

What's happened is, I've decided to move two completed chapters, from Arianne's POV, out of the present volume and into THE WINDS OF WINTER. This is something I've gone back and forth on. Arianne wasn't originally supposed to have any viewpoint chapters in DANCE at all, but there's this... hmmm, how vague do I want be? VERY vague, I think... there's this event that would of necessity provoke a Dornish reaction. The event was originally going to occur near the end of the book, but in one of my forty-seven restructures I moved it to the late middle instead. And the timeline then required that the Dornish reaction happen in this book and not the next one, so I wrote the two Arianne chapters and was going to write a third... and a chapter from another POV that would be a necessary complement to them, and...

But no, I've restructured again, and put the original precipitating event back close to the end of the book. Which means the Arianne chapters can be returned to WINDS, where I had 'em originally. It also means that I don't have to write that third Arianne chapter and the complementary chapter from the other POV... not yet, anyway... which moves DANCE two chapters closer to completion. (The move did mean I had to revise two chapters from another POV, which took place after the event in last week's draft, but now take place before said event, but fortunately that was just a matter of tweaking a couple of lines).

I suppose this is a good news/ bad news situation.

Bad news for those who want DANCE to be really, really, really long, as long as STORMS OF SWORDS or longer. This move makes DANCE four chapters (two written, one partly written, one entirely unwritten) shorter.

But it's good news for DANCE, since I'm now two chapters (the ones I hadn't finished) closer to completion. And hey, it's even good news for WINDS OF WINTER, since I now have four chapters done for that one (an Arya, a Sansa, and two Ariannes).

This, of course, is assuming that I don't change my mind again tomorrow and put everything back the way it was last week.

I am dancing, boys and girls, I'm dancing as fast as I can. But some days it does feel as if I am dancing in circles.


Jun. 27th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
Since you seem to be in a talkative mood...
... first, it's good to get a confirmation that there will be further Arianne chapters in future volumes - after all, it was possible that all the 'new' POVs from FEAST were going to be one-way characters.

In any case, I just hope that this Dornish situation is not as much a cliffhanger as the whole Cersei situation in AFfC (although I fear it is).

Second, does this 'situation' has anything to do with the notorious Meereenese Knot?

Oh, and a more general question: Do you know how many chapters you still need to write to finish DANCE? From the situation as it is today? We only know of the two (?) yet unfinished Meereenese Knot chapters (if they are still unfinished) and the Epilogue, which is troubling you...

By the way, is this going to be a 'real' Epilogue from a new POV - as it was in STORMS - or just the last chapter of the book from a established POV. I actually liked the fact that you introduced the concept of an Epilogue in STORMS, and was disappointed that there was none in FEAST (but it makes kind of sense, though, to close the book with the reappearence of 'Pate').

I really start to think that writing this book must really be hell...


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