Just passed page 200. Without even thinking about it, I did the whole part where the hero is thwarted big time and feels he’s come to a dead end. Now I’ve made things even more mysterious to him. He can’t find his way back to the trail of the murderer. What helped me do all this was knowing what was going on off the page with the murderer. Writing out the murderer’s current mindset and goal even helped me finish the section and point to what has to happen next. It was so obvious once I saw it. But it’s all off the page, so I hope the reader doesn’t see it as clearly as I do!
I’m going to have fun and things get to be light for a few chapters before they turn dark again. I am suddenly remembering why I never really wanted to write a mystery. Because you have to get into the heads of horrible people and that is not a happy place to be. Still, I’m determined to finish this thing.
I ran out of outline so I should do that for the the next section to see where it things need to move. Frey has this thing called a step outline. It had all the scenes summarized and also all the off-page action. I did it for this last section and I should do it again. It feels like a lot of work, but I think it will be worth it. The whole mystery thing is too complex to go completely without a net.