After struggling all last week, I wanted to prove to myself I still cared, that I could still do this.
Scene 22 (April 20)
When I revised my scene list, I decided scene 22 would be perfect as a dramatic scene. I had decided to change my POV. I also discovered that how I ended scene 21 left me with continuity problems going into scene 22.
When I went back and looked at how I’d ended scene 21, I found I had created problems for myself. When I ended with a cliffhanger, I couldn’t just start where I’d planned my next scene. Simply starting where I wanted to start was too jarring.
So, I gave in and added a mini-scene using Rosenfeld’s Action Template. I titled it scene 22a. In less than 400 words I resolved scene 21 and launched myself into scene 22 proper. I need to consider this technique for scenes which jump too far ahead in time from my previous scene.
In scene 22 proper, called now called scene 22b, I shifted my POV. In my original scene, two characters engaged in an extended conversation. My new POV never have participated in that conversation. I couldn’t just have him sitting there, watching others play ping-pong. So, I shifted my focus, and found concentrated on my new POV, and what he needed to do in dramatic scenes…driven to face a decision he wants to avoid.
I rewrote most of it, using parts of my original scene. I even saved a snippet of the original dialog and let my new POV overhear it.
So How Am I Doing?
I ran long, again. I’d budgeted 1,800 words and used 2043. My WIP is up to 31,957 words, 757 words over where I wanted to be. While that might not seem like much, I could write half a scene. I must do better.