Facing Horntooth

I’m entering a threshold period.

For April, I’ll take a short story writing vacation from my novel work and spend Camp Nanowrimo on my short story anthology again. I’m hoping to really get it out and published this time. If you haven’t checked out the awesome cover, you can on my recent Albert Einstein: Chrononaut blog post.

In the back of my head all April long, I know that I’ll have a stressor building about my novel project Horntooth’s Farm.

That stressor is having to return in May and finally face Horntooth directly as a character.

You see, in the past few months I’ve written much of the intro chapters leading up to Horntooth, and much of the post climactic resolution material after Horntooth, but I feel like I’ve been dodging the ‘nose deep, eye to eye with Horntooth’ material.

First off I know that it’s because he is very dark, and very insane, and very vile. I’ve worked up to his coming out of the character Rex Horn, but I have not faced his darkness yet.

Second, I know that it’s because I want to get him right. Even though Russ is the main character of the novel, Russ is nothing without Horntooth. Horntooth is essentially the primary reason you care about Russ. I have to write Horntooth in such a way that the reader’s subconscious is constantly screaming, “Please, oh please Russ, get away from that guy! You have to survive or I will throw this book across the room!” 🙂

May might be a little dark and broody for me. 🙂 I know I have to develop that place I need to go to get to the mindset that I can write him to full effect.

I’ll keep y’all posted on how this develops,

Joshua

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