My WIP’s Third Revision – Minor Characters

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My WIP’s Third Revision

Minor Characters

I decided what I wanted to do in my third revision.

12aMinor characters…you know the kind.

We give them lots of names…

…spear carriers.

…extras.

…red shirts.

If this were a movie, and the credits roll, they are waaaaaaaaaay down the list.  If the movie includes little shorts of the characters with their names, these people show up in group scenes.

I have 36 of the little darlings in my WIP.  Together, they made 126 appearances.  Fourteen walked on for a single scene.  One was on for twelve scenes.

For most of them, when I started my WIP, I didn’t even know they existed.  I hadn’t made character arcs for them.  So I made stuff up for them.  I doubt that anyone will even notice them, but I how they add a little to the texture of my story. Continue reading

Second Revision and Second Thoughts

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Second Revision

Second Thoughts On What To Do

I finished my second revision.

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“Be afraid.  Be kind of afraid.”

Scooby Doo uttered those immortal words in a Halloween Scooby Doo show.

And…I am.

When I finished my first draft, I knew I should revise it before submitting it to Beta Readers.  So, I basically rewrote my story, cutting it down from 168,000 to 116,000 words.  Then I went through and applied Jordan Rosenfeld’s scene types from her book, Make A SceneI hoped to take that version to Beta Readers.  I thought I could work on characterization while I waited for feedback.  But…

In a discussion on Scribophile, they persuaded me to write in my characterization before pushing it out for critique.

So, I will.

But, how?

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Revising My WIP – First and Final Scenes

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Revising My WIP

Writing First and Final Scenes

I wrote my Climax Scene.

waking up1Wait…both of them at the same time?

Yes.  I can’t end my story if I don’t know how it began.  And I can’t begin my story if I don’t know how to end it.

Remember…we are revising, right?  We have our entire WIP done, and all we need to do is figure out these two scenes.

Haven’t you read books, gotten through the last scene and felt empty?  Let’s assume the ending had something to do with the story, and wasn’t just tacked on.  The problem may be that the first and final scenes aren’t connected and our subconscious is screaming for closure.

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Revising My WIP – Writing Climax Scenes

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Revising My WIP

Writing Climax Scenes

I wrote my Epiphany Scene.

waking up1No…………..not that kind of Climax.

Ha.

Tens of thousands of words ago, our MC took up the challenge and our story began.  She struggled and suffered.  As hard as she tried, her flaws got the best of her and she suffered complete, utter and total disaster.  After her pity party, she figured out what she needed to do, and re-imagined herself into a better her.

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Revising My WIP – Writing Epiphany Scenes

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Revising My WIP

Writing Epiphany Scenes

I finished writing Dramatic Scenes and Suspense Scenes that I hadn’t been able to write before..

waking up1Epiphany?

What is that?  It sounds like some word pulled out of a thesaurus.

Dictionary.com defines it as 3. a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.

What purpose does it serve in a story?

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Revising My WIP – Left Over Dramatic and Suspense Scenes

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Revising My WIP

Left Over Dramatic and Suspense Scenes

I finished my Contemplation Scenes, as well as Dramatic Scenes and Suspense Scenes.

waking up1No good deed goes unpunished.

Once I finished my Contemplation Scenes, I still had five Suspense and four Dramatic Scenes to revise.  For one reason or another, I either hadn’t tried them because they were too hard, or I made late changes moving them from the Suspense pile to the Dramatic pile.

I wrote about what I’m trying to do with Dramatic Scenes and Suspense Scenes in earlier articles.

How do leftovers taste?
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