I hate it.
But I’m more alert and motivated under pressure.
I hate that too.
I found out I will be going out-of-town after all. I could have just said screw it and stopped writing my next scene. Instead, here it is after midnight. And I just finished it. And I will have to drive tomorrow. But that’s what caffeine is for, right?
Scene 23 (April 21st)
When I replanned my WIP, I planned to revise one of my scenes. As I read through my old scene, I realized I should have merged it with a second scene. So I adjusted my outline. While that may seem like a deviation, I have clear memories of what I wanted to do. Somehow I had written it down wrong.
As I looked at the two scenes, I decided not to use the first scene, and focus on the second scene. I found that knowing what had happened in that earlier scene helped me write people’s reaction to it. In miniature, I feel like I validated Hemmingway’s Iceberg Theory. So I feel brilliant. Ha.
I wanted Scene 23 to be a dialog scene. I’d written nothing but dialog scenes in my WIP so I expected this revision to go quickly. It didn’t. I feel for the first time, that I finally understood how to structure a dialog. The purpose of a dialog scene is to reveal something about my characters and the plot. And, for once, I had perfect vision for what I wanted to do.
I reused very little of my original dialog. But, again, because I knew how my original scene went, I could retell my story with confidence. It’s almost as if I’m cropping the same picture as before, but I’m taking a different part of the image.
I look forward to reading this scene. I hope it is as powerful as I think it is.
How Am I Doing?
I wrote Scene 23 in 1,711 words, which brings my total word count up to 33,668 words. I’m still over my target count, but I brought it down a little, to 668 words.
And with that, I’m away from my computer and the net for several days. I don’t expect to post anything else until the weekend at the earliest.