Keeping Score (Interim)

Only a quick update for this session. The first cut at the prologue is now complete at around 1600 words. It may be a little on the long side for a prologue. Given previous drafts, I’m estimating those 1600 words will drop to around 1200 to 1300 “keepers” in the final version. That’s a reasonable length for a prologue, I think. After I get into the first chapter, I’ll see if it makes more sense to pull part of it out as a bridge segment or incorporate it into the first chapter.

I’m glad I took the time to build the legends and poems that I intend to use before heading into the meat of the book. It helped cement the characters and motivations in my head. I’m ready to dive into the story and see where it all leads. It’s always interesting to see what the characters think about my plans as the writing continues! They like to surprise me.

I accept all good wishes, by the way, so feel free to send some my way.


Written by D. D. Wolf

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I'm on my 5th or 6th career depending on how you count them, but ideally this one will be my last with the kind help of our readers. I've traveled to several states across the U.S., but the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina will always be where I'm most comfortable. I've been an avid reader of comics for more years than I'm going to mention, but I return time after time to the old pulps. Obviously the Doc Savage books have been a tremendous influence. There's just something about seeing and hearing those characters in your mind's eye, just the way YOU, as the reader, think they should be.. I've been writing poems, lyrics and stories of varying quality since I was in my teens, which means most of my archives are on paper in three-ring binders! I've been creating characters in various RPG systems for at least that long. I've always thought characters made the story: good characters can live on through story after story. It wasn't until the last 6 or 7 years that I felt I could write characters well enough to be engaging. You'll have to let me know how I'm doing.

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