Writing skullduggery

02 Aug

Remember that bit where I mentioned I’d done a good 2,500 words?

Well, I started to type them into the manuscript, making my changes as I went and reading it for errors.

Then I realized that some of the logistics were off.

Then I realized that the whole scene was off.

Then I realized that the scene, as it’s being told, Does Not Work. I think it needs to be told by another character, who is looking back on the scene. But I’m not sure that works either. I keep putting it together that way in my head and it comes off awkward.

So I thought maybe I should tell it from the bad guy’s standpoint. Except I haven’t gotten into a bad guy’s head this whole time and wasn’t planning on it. And there aren’t many details to tell from the bad guy’s standpoint. So THAT doesn’t work.

So, having typed up 1,000 out of the 2,500 words, I have stopped typing. I will need to erase a chunk of this (not too much, possibly, I hope).

It’s not that I hate the You are on the wrong track alarm that goes off in my head. That’s dead useful, like a Spider Sense. It’s that it doesn’t come equipped with a here’s the right track alarm which tells me where to go instantly. So rather than working, I get to just stew on it. Hmph.

Anyone want to finish this Rome novel for me? Can we stop the ride? Can I get off?

*beleagured wave, then heads off to Run Errands With Wife & Baby*


Posted by on August 2, 2007 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Writing skullduggery

  1. Lori

    August 6, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    I tried to resigning from this writing gig many moons ago. What I discovered is, there’s no one to submit your resignation to.

  2. chris

    August 7, 2007 at 2:42 am

    Hi PeeDee, just thought I’d drop in to say hey — seems you’re still up to no good again. I hope you manage to get yourself out of that little dilemma with your MS. I took a haitus from my MS for a while and it proved to be one of the best things I’ve done in a long time. I was at a similar point where you are now and with a fresh perspective, I’ve finally re-written the ending to my story in a way that finally made sense. See you around on AWC.


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