With completion of Scene Eighteen, I finished Part One. I’m too inexperienced to know if I did well or not. Only when I read it will I hope to have any idea how well I did.
Scene Eighteen (April 12th)
I wanted to recast Scene Eighteen as Suspense. As I read my First Draft’s version, I could see that I had tried to bend it toward suspense. But, however much I might reach for it, my material was wrong. I had not chosen an appropriate trigger for my scene.
Using Rosenfeld’s template, I went about reimagining my scene. I could not find the trigger. I pondered it all day Saturday, feeling pressure to finish my scene and my first part. I outlined my scene, hoping something would occur to me. But, when I went to bed, I didn’t have it.
When I awoke, I had it. I reworked my template, until I had something I could live with. Then I wrote my scene. Even though I reused as much of my original scene as I could, rewriting took me much of the day. But, by the end of today, I had it all down.
How Am I Doing?
With Scene Eighteen, I have 24,172 words, 172 words over target. I started with fourteen scenes from Part One, deleted one, and added five. I grew my first part of the book from 16,863 words to 24,172.
I think I closed all my plot holes and laid down everything I need to launch into my story.
Going forward, I have just the opposite problem. Part 2 is 9,090 words over. Part 3 is 38,338 over. And Part 4 is 15,756 over. In all, I will have to cut 63,184 words. I will find out if I’ve sufficiently replanned to make it all work.
And now, I will be away for a week, and then on into the chaos of Part Two.