Scenes 28 and 29
Life got in my way.
After working all day, I was too tired at night to think straight. And I couldn’t write. Talk about a guilt trip. Ha.
Scene 28 (May 7th)
Revising scene 28 proved so difficult I almost gave up. When I revised my plan, I reduced my POV’s from seven to four. And, if I kept Scene 28, I needed to change POVs. I also decided I wanted it to be dramatic, then dialog, then, finally, suspense.
As I approached this scene, I was more aware of scene types than I’ve ever been. And I fixated on how to write a suspense scene. Falling back on my normal approach to these things, I fiddled around, waiting for inspiration. But it didn’t come.
Finally, I realized my new scene couldn’t simply trade one POV for another. I needed something very different. Scene 28 bore striking resemblances to scene 29 and scene 30. And, with my new POV, I simply couldn’t have him do what my original POV had done.
So, I wrung my hands, guilt ridden and despairing. I even toyed with starting something different. Eventually, I hit on an approach and wrote my scene. I wonder what it will read like.
Scene 29 (May 10th)
Scene 29 wasn’t easy to start either. When I replanned my scene, I thought I wanted dialog. But dialog scenes are about character and plot reveals. But I goofed. My reveal had popped up in an earlier scene. Try as I might , I couldn’t come up with something new.
So, what scene type could I use? Suspense had left a bad taste in my mouth, I decided on dramatic. Bu that meant someone got forced into making decisions. I POV would be busy pressing a junior villain to support the Loyalists, only to be surprised and forced into a decision of his own.
Looking back, it feels like a natural conclusion to a reluctant joining of the Loyalist cause, being pulled in deeper and deeper with each new disaster.
How Am I Doing?
I have 29 of 74 scenes revised or rewritten. And I reached 43,332 words, and I’m 468 words under my target. Of my six remaining scenes, three of them were, originally, two or more scenes. So I will have a positive balance in my word bank (wish I could say the same about my credit card). If I have words left over, I know a couple of scenes I would like to revisit and expand a little.