Building up the big fight scenes always seems to be the hardest part of the book. Except for maybe the fight scenes themselves. I’m always wondering have I built up to it enough? Explained enough? Not explained too much?
(Cue the sound of nervous teeth nibbling nails. Cartoon beaver vs. tree comes to mind.)
That’s the part of Seeds I’m in now; hopefully all the bad guys have been introduced, the clock is ticking, and things are about to start sliding badly downhill for Our Heroes. Ouch.
But this is the rough draft, and the only way to get through to “The End” is to keep telling yourself, don’t worry about the perfect lead-up to the Big Battle. Just get an approximation written. There will be time to edit. And re-edit, etc., many many times.
…One part of leading up to it is trying to decide in advance where which Chekov’s Gun will go off. Some things are such a wham, they should only happen once. After that, the surprise is gone.
Meaning if you’ve got something you want to use at the last dramatic moment (I do, actually), you need to have good reasons why the character doesn’t use it before then. And “saving it for the last moment” is not really a good reason. After all, your character doesn’t know which is the last battle of the book!
600 more words today, though, so I’m getting somewhere….