My writing focus has been a bit scattered for the last couple of weeks, and this week it took a new turn. It was my turn again to write a chapter of my next collaborative novel, Pesto, Pirouettes and Potions. I’m trading chapters with three other writers, and this was my third chapter but Chapter Ten of the novel. Considering we outlined a total eighteen chapters, we are well on our way through the story!
In this chapter, our heroines got closer but then had a huge fight. Fun stuff to write! I actually struggled a bit this time around, trying to figure out how to interpret our notes and whether they were lining up with some earlier sections. A couple notes for different chapters actually were in conflict – for instance, Lola’s roommate Mario was supposed to flirt with Charlie in Chapter Six, but then it’s revealed in Chapter Twelve that he’s a member of Charlie’s coven, so what’s he doing flirting with her like he doesn’t know she’s a lesbian?
I ended up contacting my fellow writers and we held a video chat brainstorming meeting Monday night to figure some things out before we went further. Very helpful, although we mostly observed that it’s all holding together surprisingly well so far! We also decided Mario isn’t in the coven and kept the flirting 😉
I finished writing up my chapter today, along with adding a bit to the previous chapter about Charlie’s ballet production. I researched modern ballet for Chapter Two, so even though I didn’t write Chapter Nine, I had the most expertise to add a bit about the production. Charlie is dancing to the Rolling Stones, and it’s not at all what Lola expected!
For now, here’s a brief excerpt, from right after Charlie and Lola’s first kiss.
“So.” Say something, crack a joke. “Is Mario going to ask me my intentions?”
Lola bristled, and it was so her that Charlie loved it. “Mario doesn’t have any say in who I date.”
“I was just kidding,” Charlie said, even though she figured Lola probably knew that.
“Yeah. Of course.” Then Lola’s gaze, defiant for a moment, dropped awkwardly as she kicked one heel back against the door. “Anyway,” she mumbled, “Mario likes you. I mean, likes you for me. I mean…”
“Do you want to, I don’t know, grab some drinks?” Charlie suggested. Ugh, so cliché—but she didn’t know what else to suggest, she just knew she didn’t want this, whatever this was, to end.