I knew that the building Alexandra was moving through was tall, kind of labyrinthine, and heavily damaged. But I wasn't clear on what kind it was, the nature and extent of the damage, or any of those other identifying features that are necessary to create a vivid word picture.
I'm not even looking at the grammar, pacing or anything else as of yet. I'm skimming through all the scenes that happen in the building where so much of the story takes place, making notes about the layout and damage, and trying to get an idea of what I'm working with. It's already coming together quite nicely, so I'm happy about that. Once I do get to the deeper, more comprehensive edit, I'll be able to paint a very rich, eerie, haunting picture that will have so much more emotion than this current version does.
I'll also be able to flesh out Alexandra herself. As I noted in an earlier blog post, I didn't have a very firm grasp on her character when I first started writing this book. Zorei practically wrote himself, but his would-be victim was far more ambiguous.
Since that time, she's developed into a fun, bold, sassy person with a very entertaining sense of humour, and I look forward to bringing more of that into the earlier parts of the book where it didn't show through quite a much.
So much to do, but the end result is going to be awesome.
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