Books are like lives and each chapter is a day in that life. Just like the days of our lives, some are good, some are bad, some are exciting and some are just plain boring.
Telling a story, especially a story filled with exotic locales and magicks, is a lot of fun most of the time. But to tell a whole and complete story, a writer has to go to the mundane places too. The hum-drum mechanics of life have to be addressed.
I’ve reached a chapter that is wholly necessary, one that’s been set up since book three, and not very entertaining. I’ve been trying and trying to think of a way to add more pizzazz. Tragically, this entire chapter is devoid of zaz. It’s zaz repellent.
There’s no cool magicks, no new wondrous thing to describe and none of the really fun characters in this chapter. It’s not something I’m anxious to write, it’s something that has to be done before I can move on.
After a great deal of thinking, I realized there’s not much that can be done to this chapter. Things can be livened up a bit with extra good descriptions and one or two really great lines, but this is a legal proceeding and must have some gravitas.
Maybe it’s good to have a few slower chapters. There’s a great deal of upheaval in book four, lots of drama, lots of magicks, lots of spectacular scenery overall. Perhaps it’s good to give the reader a bit of quiet between outbreaks of drama.
I’m curious about how other writers handle the chapters lacking in zaz. Surely, we all have them, but there has to be a nifty trick out there somewhere. Anyone care to share?