A Task Becoming a Puzzle

I do not know if I will keep referring to each day of the Writer’s Retreat at the beginning of every blog post (i.e. “It’s the third day!”), but for a change of pace I’ll attempt to avoid it this time around… Oh, wait. I think I just did refer to it.

So far, the overall progress is on track. It’s actually better than what I had expected. I tend to anticipate derailment at any possibility, so I wouldn’t have been surprised at all if I had fallen behind. Thankfully, that is not the case (at least for now). The organizational mini chart that I posted in my previous blog post allowed me to create the transitional pieces that tied portions of the story, which I already had written down. It was certainly helpful for placing that structure/foundation in place, as I had probably mentioned before. However, as the story progresses further, the simplicity of that mini chart seems to be alternating into a limitation. I definitely need to revise it in order to make it fit with the (now) expanded storyline.

My concern at the moment is the story becoming a bit overwhelming, at least for the opening act. Since the plan is having three distinct timeliness within the story, I’d like to introduce the setting and the atmosphere of each of those timelines within the first act. In order to do so, however, I need to extend the scope of the opening portion of the story (I won’t go into details in order to avoid “spoilers”). I guess, as Dr. Zamora had suggested, I simply need to lay it all on the (digital) paper and observe how it all comes together. Some revisions may certainly need to be made, once it’s all written down, in order to reduce the complexity of it all. We shall see.