Writing up ORD, I felt pretty confident from start to finish about the flow of it. The balance of action to non-action, dialogue to description, etc. It’s kind of a quirky story to me, stemming from a dream and all, but at least I felt like it actually went somewhere.
I’m having real trouble with AtS, and as I write this I’m not sure if it’s going to work or not. The beginning is alright, I suppose, but then it has some action and was kind of already written for me anyway. I just smoothed it out. But how interesting will a courting story really be? With the exception of the beginning, there’s not much in the way of tension or conflict outside of Anita’s personal struggle with her past. In my opinion, that kind of emotional conflict can get old pretty quickly, so I’m trying to be really careful of that.
I have been trying to think of a way to incorporate some of what John does into the story, but since it’s from Anita’s POV there’s not a whole lot I can do there. I thought of a mission story or two in letters or emails, but because his team is entirely covert it would have to be rather general, and then it goes back to how interesting would it be to a reader?
I’m still writing it, still plugging away, but right now I’m feeling kind of lost.