On Tuesday evening I finally had a breakthrough with the Apartment Complex story!
Two, to be exact! One, I have a title for it! Though I’m not sharing it just yet… it’s a special word in the conlang of this story that means ‘bonded friend’ and ties in with the main theme of the story. I’m going to play around with it, tweak the spelling and the pronunciation, double-check it with Google Translate to make sure it isn’t a word in another language, and reveal it when it’s ready.
Secondly, on the same evening, I finally sussed out what style the story needs. That had been the main hang-up all this time; I knew I was doing it wrong, but it took me multiple tries to figure out which style was right for it. And ironically, it’s the same style I used in the trilogy — rich in texture, world-building and characterization. It’s definitely an ensemble piece; given the theme, it kind of has to be. SO! Now that I know how to write this damn thing, I can forge ahead!
I have to say, I do love it when I get those breakthrough moments. Getting to that point can be the biggest pain in the ass ever, but once I hit that moment, it’s worth all that hard work.