WIP – Revising Scene Six

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Revisions

Scene Six

 Planning my revisions was harder than I expected.

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Company is coming.

Only…it’s his mother.  Next week.  My house could be used to shoot horror movies.

I started repainting our spare bedroom two weeks ago and…I hope I can get it done.

I don’t think I will get any writing done next week.  Mother-in-law…or…writing.  More like married or divorced.  Ha. Continue reading

WIP – Revising Scenes One Through Five

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Revisions

Scenes One – Five

 Planning my revisions was harder than I expected.

23I sat down on March 21st.

My hands trembled.

I copied my old Scene One into my new Scrivener folder called Manuscript.

I stared at pages and pages of text.  At least I wasn’t facing that blank page which terrifies so many of us.

Then…I giggled.  I was doing what my heart had ached to do since I typed THE END back on October 4th.

I will try to capture my experiences and little lessons I learned.  So, if you are looking to read my story, you have two choices.  You could wait until I publish.  Or, you could join Scribophile and become one of my critique partners.  After all, I might want to sell this some day, right? Continue reading

WIP – Revisions – Saving Me From Myself

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Revisions

Saving Me From Myself

 

23Eighty-three days since I first read my WIP.

I wrote about my reaction.  I was impressed…that I wasn’t depressed.

Tonight?  I’m five scenes into my revised manuscript.

In between?  Two funerals and two how-to-write-books books.

Two family funerals tore my heart out.  I had nothing left with which to write.  For several weeks I wondered if I would ever write again.  But, I came back.

One of the things holding me back was my abysmal lack of understanding of writing scenes.  I found Sandra Scofield’s Scene Book, and did lots of exercises.  I learned how to balance scenes by dividing my words up into physical beats, setting and description and internalities.

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Writing Scenes – At Last A Practical Guide

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Writing Scenes

At Last A Practical Guide

23Embarrassment doesn’t begin to explain how I feel.  I actually wrote an entire novel, 168,000 words, with 84 scenes.  And I had almost no idea how to write scenes!

I’d read enough stories that I could conjure up scenes that worked for me, without any hope of explaining why they worked.  And, at some point, I’d studied Jack Bickham’s Scene and Structure.

So, what did I know?

Dialog was like ping-pong.  Only two could play.  One was my POV.  Another was her antagonist.  She wanted something.  His goal?  Keep her from getting it.  And they went back and forth.  Eventually, he won and she lost.  She wound up worse off than she started.

And, I knew sequels followed scenes.  Action happened during scenes.  Afterward, my POV would emotionally react to what happened, try to make sense of it, and plan her next move.

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WIP – My First Reading

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How Does Your WIP Grow?

My First Reading

23Seventy-nine days.

Halloween. Thanksgiving. Christmas.

Butterflies swirled as I stared at an entire pack of paper. My title page boldly proclaimed Scepter’s Sacrifice. Was it junk, as Hemingway prophesied all first drafts to be? Did it do Deheya justice? Could I just upload it to Amazon and slap $3.99 on it?

Not exactly. Not yet. If I wanted to embarrass myself.

Did I like it well enough to finish it?

Yes.

When I was Christmas shopping, I picked up printer paper. I thought about printer cartridges and decided to pass. Christmas loomed. I plunged into wrapping presents, trimming trees, cooking, being with my family. At odd moments, I wondered what I would think. I didn’t dare tell my family and friends.

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Seeming to Scene – Chapter Five

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Seeming To Scene

Chapter Five

I was in my favorite used book store and found The Scene Book – A Primer For The Fiction Writer by Sandra Scofield.  I’m working through her exercises.  Chapter five emphasized pulse.

Click here to read Seeming To Scene – Chapter Four.

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In summary, I discovered the following.  A scene’s pulse is the passion and urgency that drives the character to achieve their scene goal and their story goal.  Every scene should build toward the story question.

Story and scene pulse provide the constant backdrop, scene by scene, for the entire story.  Everything that anyone says, or thinks, or does, should serve that end.  Characters must have passion and drive to reach their goal.  And anything that obscures or muddies that effort needs t be removed. Continue reading