At last, the novel is starting to get a bit more interesting as it progresses! After a bit of writer’s block this week (I think I really know what that’s about now!), things have started to flow again. Happily, my imagination has stated to blossom once more.
This is good, because the scenes I have began working on are pretty crucial to the story. The latest one involves a physical demarcation point between two opposing factions, a neutral meeting point for them to negotiate. Writing about this put me in mind of famous conflicts throughout history where such ‘flashpoints’ have existed, so I wove them into the story. I find that it’s good to introduce historic and strategic relevance into the book, as it becomes an outlet for my educational background (I have a degree in International Politics). Up until now, I haven’t had much other use for this! For my central character, Patrick, this scene is pretty crucial too. It is an opportunity for him to prove himself. And prove himself he will!