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Chapter Eight

I really ought to be thinking about Chapter Eight of The Baker of Benviue. Well actually, I am. What I mean to say is that I ought to be Writing it.

I've had my doubts. Opal Vanderling, just as she is in my writing plan, is wholly cliche. She's got the odds stacked against her given her role and background. I've had to do some thinking in how to bring her to life and make her seem real and worth knowing.

I have, finally. I think I know what I need to do there. My Next concern though is Vanderling himself. I just don't think I can write this story without him--but it is always perilous, I think, to introduce your villain's point of view. It steals the mystery and instead turns things into suspense. I've got it planned that way for a reason, of course. But I wonder sometimes if I have enough scenes to justify his chapters. Particularly, since he interacts with Opal, who might be around him enough to give us his position without needing to get inside of his thinking that deeply.

Or perhaps I'm feeling the weakness of his motivations. Which in fact means it is critical I write from his position, even if I end up chopping it all back out.


Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not the sitter.
Oscar Wilde