It’s done!

First draft is complete! Ahead of schedule by a day too. So tomorrow I’ll instead roll over the last 20% and toy with it all until it works in a more paced out means.

But we’re here folks. Chapter 25 is the last chapter leading into the “endgame chapters”, this is furiously exciting for me. So look forward to it probably this week sometime. I’ll let you know!

Writing Update

Chapter sits at about 85% as of today. Making excellent progress. Personally unconvinced by a couple scenes striking the right scale of chord though, will go take a re-read tomorrow myself once it’s had time to settle.

Shouldn’t be too long.

piecee01:

Needed an update for my favourite sidefic Murky Number Seven! :)
http://piecee01.deviantart.com/art/Murky-Number-Seven-468943416

Love the little updates Piecce has put on for the characters. Taking Brim’s wounds to the BONE though? Dear me, thats one way to think of it!
Gotta admit, I love the slightly more mature looking Murky here. Still young and the little guy we know but clearly grown up a little.

piecee01:

Needed an update for my favourite sidefic Murky Number Seven! :)

http://piecee01.deviantart.com/art/Murky-Number-Seven-468943416

Love the little updates Piecce has put on for the characters. Taking Brim’s wounds to the BONE though? Dear me, thats one way to think of it!

Gotta admit, I love the slightly more mature looking Murky here. Still young and the little guy we know but clearly grown up a little.

thunder-stream:

Murky and Glimmer!
It was overdue, I needed to draw them eventually, so i took care of that today.
Murky’s so cute…
And don’t spoil the story for me folks, I’m laggin’ behind pretty far. :P

Awww! This totally sums up their early relationship well and how she considers him. Thats adorable and heartwarming all in one! Thanks so much!

thunder-stream:

Murky and Glimmer!

It was overdue, I needed to draw them eventually, so i took care of that today.

Murky’s so cute…

And don’t spoil the story for me folks, I’m laggin’ behind pretty far. :P

Awww! This totally sums up their early relationship well and how she considers him. Thats adorable and heartwarming all in one! Thanks so much!

Writing Update

Chapter is approx 50-60% completed. I would possibly say even closer to 65%, but the last scene I wrote I feel I need to take another look at. I didn’t feel confident in it while writing and I still feel I’ve undersold its drama and momentum with the buildup.

Already I’ve identified 3 key factors that require adjustment, which I’ll likely look at tomorrow. I always leave a gap day between edits to let the mind settle and “forget” the scene slightly. It has a wonderful habit of making you refocus on what the core of the scene really is when you come back to it.

Of course, this approach has its disadvantages. Telling yourself “it’s okay to not work today, I’m waiting between edits!” is a very easy hole to fall into when what you’re really doing is lazing off from a disciplined writing schedule. So be wary when you’re thinking like this, if I had to offer a little thought with this update.

I remember you mentioning some dissatisfaction with a couple of story elements, some regarding the pacing for some parts. Have you considered doing a streamlined rewrite of those scenes as a "director's cut" of the story? Kind of like how DBZ Kai is a streamlined summary of DBZ. I imagine burnout would be a major concern, but would retroactively applying all you've learned in writing this story have any appeal at all? Or are there not enough changed you want to make to make it worthwhile?

Some edits, yeah they’ll likely be made. Nothing significant though, as I don’t wish to split the readerbase that way or force people to maybe re-read with a new pacing.

However, I am perfectly content to edit out typos and daft sentences that I look back and cringe at. For example, early on I had Brimstone mention he is “at least 10 years older than Glimmer”. Obviously, this is a bit daft even if we account for him being a bit sardonic about his real age. The guys closer to 40 years older than her. At the time I think it was because I still had a different (older and obselete) idea in mind and didn’t much think about what I was writing. Until just before I wrote the story, Brimstone was a lot younger. Eventually I decided I liked the idea of him being an older pony at the end of his prime and beginning to deteriorate. It was unequivocally a stronger direction and made him more interesting as an old weathered warrior than a generic strong guy.

Thats one example of things I may change. But significant streamlining? Perhaps not. Honestly I would want to, but I feel such large changes would only hurt the overall story’s existence online for the readers, even if it led to better pacing. Earlier on I might have done it, but the idea feels “too much” now. Especially as I want to move on to new projects.

While I agree that word counts during the middle of a story are kind of... distracting, I think that it would be good idea to put it in when you're done writing MN7. I mean, once this story is over, the risk of the word count becoming outdated ceases to exist, right?
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Well, as mentioned, it is automatically tracked by FimFic. Maybe I will, depends what it ends up as being! I cna’t predict the final chapters lengths after all.

In reference to the beginning quotes on chapters. Wouldn't it also make sense to leave them in? Clutter as it may seem, for some readers, it offers up the continuing hope that Murky remains alive after all is said and done, but where he is and what his state is remains a mystery. That continuing hope is very powerful, especially in the bleaker beginning chapters where hope is very, very minimal.

I believe you’ve misinterpreted me.

At the start of the chapters there is this format

Story Title
Chapter Title
Chapter Quote

Question
Answer
Begin Chapter

The quote is just the single line italics one right at the top in chapters 1-23. Thats the one I am contemplating removing. It exists preeetty much just for tradition, but one I’m no longer sure suits.

Random non-MN7 question: Do you have a favorite genre of music? If so, who's your favorite composer for that genre?
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I mostly love soundtracks, honestly. Music I can put a context to has always been something I did from a very young age. I’d hear something (like the Sonic 3 and Knuckles final boss theme! That was one of the very first I remember when I was very young!) and start imagining other scenes to them. How I could make the music fit that moment and the drama of what was happening.

I still do that today, it’s one of my favourite ways to enjoy music and a huge boon for helping drive emotional impact in a scene I write. It excites me, pumps me up to imagine it. As a result, I listen to masses of soundtracks from theatre, TV, film, games…whatever.

Outside of that I have a very broad love, although I can’t deny a love affair with cheesy power metal! Who wants to listen to another song about love when I can listen to a tale of the last dragon mages riding to cast a spell that will live forever and save humanity?

I also have a thing for orchestra. It’s a fantastic kind of music to relax to or put on in the background to feel refined when I sit down with a book and a stereotypical cup of tea after coming in from the rain.