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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 08:37 pm (UTC)
Just so long...
As you are happy with it! I am willing to keep waiting and re-reading the four published (with the TV show coming it will be even easier to wait!); just one caveat to the waiting though, by some year the series must be ended properly. I've introduced the books to many friends and coworkers, but I've had even more avid readers refuse to begin the series after they find out that it has not reached a conclusion - one reading SoS right now is angry with *me* because the series isn't complete! Hah!

Part of your style that I enjoy the most in this series is your willingness to re-hash as little backstory as possible within each new novel. A competent reader will remember enough from previous books and you sprinkle in just enough to help a times. I am honestly struggling through 'Wheel of Time' right now, the seventh book probably has 300-400 pages of pure backstory before anything new happens! It drives me crazy when writers do this!
Jun. 28th, 2010 06:47 am (UTC)
Re: Just so long...
You are going through the slow part of Wheel of Time right now. It picks up again with books 9/10. THE GATHERING STORM is awsome and worth the wait.
Jun. 29th, 2010 11:56 am (UTC)
Re: Just so long...
It picks up again in Book 11 (THE GATHERING STORM is Book 12). Book 10 is, by far, the slowest and least incident-packed book in the series, to the point where skipping it and just reading a Wikipedia summary may be advisable.
Jul. 8th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
Re: Just so long...
I admit that some of the Wheel of Time books were a little slow, but that series is epic!!! GRRM is one of my favorite authors of all time, but Robert Jorden God rest his soul, created one of the all time epic stories of Good vs Evil, Human vs Human, Good vs Good, Evil vs Evil, it takes you on a journey that makes us all search ourselves and wonder "what would I do if" and any book serie that can make you do that everytime you open it, is worth it's time in reading! Just my three cents worth. :-)


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