Watching a Glass Shatter
I’ve been a busy writer the last two weeks and doubled my chapters drafted from 9 to 18. On track to complete draft of the entire book by Halloween. Who’s excited to hear more about the Glass family? For now, check out Chapters 1 & 2 here…
Chapter 2 “Who is Olivia Glass?” has been released and the widow reacts to her husband’s untimely death prior to sitting for the reading of the will. What secrets are going to come out?
Summary: The wealthy Glass family has lost its patriarch, Benjamin Glass, sooner than expected. Benjamin’s widow, Olivia, and her 5 sons prepare for the will reading in their own way but Olivia receives a very unexpected confession via a letter from her late husband that will shatter the whole family: one of their 5 boys is not really their biological son. Prior to revealing what Ben put in the letter, Olivia asks her sons to each spend a week with her as she isn’t ready to let go of the past. Olivia visits each son with the expectation she will reveal the newly learned family secret while with each son but when she arrives, Olivia learns that her sons have each been keeping a secret from her.
In this family drama, Olivia and her sons are on a quest to determine the course of their life without Ben. Olivia never expected her remaining years would be so complex and life altering. As she spends time with each son, she gets a clearer picture of what she needs to do. By the final visit, Olivia is ready to move forward but will her family ever be the same?
The story spoke to me this week and pushed me to draft 5 additional chapters each focusing on one of the five sons to patriarch Benjamin Glass who passed away in chapter 1. Each son is unique, has his own story to tell and comes away from this loss with a sense of burden and potential. Widow and mother Olivia learns tolerance and forgiveness.
Mapping characters and their feelings to a storyline can be a challenge. You want to reveal the right amount of details early on but you also want to hold back some of the emotional content until your readers are invested in the drama.
I believe I’ve found balance in these chapters and will move on to editing next month. But for now, I have 21 more chapters to complete in this story. Off we go…
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I drafted two new chapters in my novel “Watching a Glass Shatter” today. Chapter 2 was the widow’s view on the funeral and Chapter 3 was the reading of the late husband’s will where she learns a shocking secret.
The secret while a bit of a game changer was not the hardest part. It was the letter I had to write that the husband leaves the wife. I poured emotion into it trying to convey both the heartache behind dying and the the pain of the choice he made years ago.
I internalized it and I feel the weight of the story on my shoulders now. It’s temporary, but it is still powerful. I feel good about these chapters.It encourages me to continue with this story.
I feel the characters are powerfully depicted but I of course wrote them so I’d hope I feel that way. I’ll be curious what others think if I post anything.
Progress was good today. 🙂
Today I completed the outline for “Watching a Glass Shatter.” It will have 30 chapters each told from a different character’s perspective (a total of 7 main characters plus a few supporting ones).
I also finalized my choice of which son is the adopted one. It wasn’t easy, but once I flushed out the order of the events, determing who actually finds the birth mother and worked my way through the ultimate ending to the story, I settled on which brother it would be.
Prologue written. 30 chapters outlined. Tomorrow I begin on detailed character sketches.
It feels good!