One of my favorite things about writing is letting the story write itself from time to time. Every time I plan a novel out, I end up having a bunch of stuff I didn’t intend to be there show up as I write. And unless it’s complete crap or just doesn’t work, I usually let it go and enjoy where the story is headed. That happened two years ago at the beginning of this steampunk story with the character of Jill, who ended up being a main character in the second novel and is one of my favorites. And it just happened again.
Okay, a little set up. Saul, Xandria, and Tanya are in England waiting for an appointment with King George V to talk to him about getting Jill rescued from Germany where she’s being held prisoner. They’re sitting there waiting for the king’s current appointment to be over, and when it is, who should walk out? President Woodrow Wilson. Completely unplanned. It just sort of happened. And my thought on this was…”Well of course the King of England is meeting with the President of the United States to discuss a war the the US just got in on.” So, Saul got to meet President Wilson tonight. He was even invited to the White House to fix one of Wilson’s clocks.
If I was so stiff and rigid and refused to flow with the story, that never would have happened. It was a fun, unexpected, little scene to write.
Current word count for True Automaton: 37,016/50,000!
Until my next post,
Andrew Ronzino, President of the World