23 April 2007

April Writing Goal

If you notice, the meter over there is slowly inching towards completing the April writing goal of 20 pages. Word Nerd's making progress, yes, but she wonders if any of the last few pages are any good.

Things were clicking right along in the story, and then, there was a transition from one scene to a new scene. The new scene? Not so sure it's working. It seems slow. Unwieldy. There might be too much leaping around, trying to cover ground that at first seemed like could be dealt with in a few graphs of the main character recollecting a conversation from earlier, but that now seem distracting when it jumps.

The question is, does Word Nerd fix what might be a problem now, or keep going to see if the scene works itself out? Is it worth just going ahead and making a big note to study that scene when doing revisions? Help...

1 comment:

Page Smith said...

If it's a first draft, just write it. I think it was in the book "Telling Lies for Fun and Profit" that what writers (and a lot of other people) do is go:

Blah, blah, blah, blah, GOLD!

The "gold" is the really good line, or twist, that just comes out every once in a while. On first drafts, I think it's better to just write, and write, and write.

It's not easy to edit, but it's a lot easier to make a 100,000-word novel sing if it's only made up of the best parts of a 150,000-word first-draft manuscript.