Diagramming Babel (Part 6)

(Originally Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007)


Diagram 6. Here I’m trying to get a good idea of how the rest of the novel will go. Once again, the diagram takes the form of the Tower of Babel.

From the bottom:

W [Will]

D [Dragon]

E [Esme]

N [Nat]

Two Dragons

Woman

[Blacked-Out Name]

Nobody Dies

Nat tosses Esme Over the Edge

Nat Dies

Annotations:

I’ve blacked out a name here because it gives away a plot point. Sorry.

Note that Alcyone, who has yet to make an appearance in The Dragons of Babel, still doesn’t have a name – she’s listed simply as “Woman.” At this point I’m as much in the dark about what she’ll be like as Will is. I know that she’s going to have to be a strong character and an interesting one, if she’s going to stand out in a crowd that includes the likes of Nat and Esme. But that’s it. It was pretty much a done deal that she was going to be a redhead, though.

Oh, and that flurry of deaths and not-deaths and throwing-of-children-off-the-edge-of-Babel at the end? By the time I got there, everything was changed and the scenes I’d planned weren’t used. It’s important to note that I never intended for Esme to be hurt, going over the edge, though. I don’t kill children. Not even fictional ones.

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