Why yes, I do love flammable bad guys.
AKA I am finally getting into the big climactic fight scene in Leatherbound, even if I have to drag the words out a few hundred at a time. Because fight scenes. They fight your brain, too.
Seriously, if part of a story is being particularly testy, try setting something on fire. Or blowing something up. Anything to distract the characters from politics or Angst and get them refocused on, “Okay, need to do something to keep breathing.”
Undead characters may have to skip the “breathing” part. But stuff going boom ought to get their attention anyway.
…I’m not yet sure if the building they’re in burns down. I don’t think so. This isn’t Chicago, and there are no wizards involved. 😉 But major property damage, yes.
When I finally do get the rough set I’m going to have to set it aside for at least a month and think about something else. Because while I knew how the story started, and how I want it to end, this rough draft went every-which-way in between. It’ll take some time off before I can come back to it, go through, and say, “Okay, this element stays, this one isn’t needed; this one should stay but I should tweak it to be more efficient now that I finally know what I’m aiming at.”
Which brings me to thoughts of, so what should I poke after?
ATM I just know I want it to not be Urban Fantasy. I need something different. More action, less social stuff.
In case you’re curious, currently I have at least 5 semi-serious origfic plotbunnies on tap. Right now, two seem to be a smidge ahead of the rest. One’s a fantasy zombie outbreak. The other’s where an Evil Overlord gets smart and arranges to summon and kidnap a Hero himself.
But that’s right now. I have no idea which bunnies will come out on top when I finally write “The End.” I might come up with something completely different. Heck, the fantasy zombie idea’s been hanging out in my ideas folder since last year.
As for fanfic ideas – still want to do Track of the Apocalypse. If I can just somehow find enough time to rewatch Kabaneri!