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Everyone Loves Me, So Why Am I Stalled?

I got some praise from my first reader yesterday; the first few chapters work, and he'd like to read the rest of the book. That's great news, and I totally appreciated the vote of confidence. Furthermore, I also would like to read the rest of the book. In my case, though, that will involved writing it first.

Today and yesterday and even Wednesday were not that good for me from a word-count perspective. I wrote at lest something every day, but I also cut material. As in, I cut two chapter that didn't DO anything. One was a party scene that lacked tension; I enjoyed having the characters gather, celebrate, and move on, but nothing happened in the meantime. The other scene was once the intro to the book, but it's a pure "traveling to the story" thing, with scenery but no good hook to hang an opening on. I'm much happier with my new first chapter, the one I sent my reader.

And so, the book's better, but in my gut I just don't feel that I'm closer to DONE. Grrrr.

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exvee
Aug. 23rd, 2003 07:26 am (UTC)
Wondering
I'm no writer, and have no idea how you writer folk work, but wouldn't cutting whole chapters lead to the possiblity of referring to something said in the book in a chapter proceeding the would-be chapter be rather high?

... wow that's confusing. Hold on. *Tries again*

Isn't it hard to not talk about things that happened in chapters you cut out?

There.

- Kyle
the_monkey_king
Aug. 23rd, 2003 09:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Wondering
Well, in the case of the intro chapter I cut, I did all the same narrative work in a later chapter, so there's no loss. I've got a better first scene to show the character in a good light. So, I'm not missing much. If I really want to refer back to the trip, I'll do it in a short flashback.

The other chapter is a little more problematic, but not that bad. I cut a chapter that's got a lot of talking, but not much plot development. People share information, but since the reader already knows what they share, there's no loss.

It's not that bad, really.
kijjohnson
Aug. 25th, 2003 05:47 am (UTC)
That's just how I feel every miserable word of everything I ever write.
the_monkey_king
Aug. 26th, 2003 02:06 pm (UTC)
Well, at least I'm not alone. Maybe it's time to go write another action scene. The last one was an interesting challenge. The next one is a riot scene, and after that an old-style duel.

Get the blood moving again and take out some frustrations on the page at the same time.
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