The What Is, and the What Could Be

Gash walks Kettan with the problem that exists in Story…and she discovers to her horror that her beautiful little worlds are endangered in ways she never even dared to imagine.

I’m getting into the heart and theme of the story now, and it’s unfolding for me, and surprising me as it does.

Got 1045 words tonight, and still have a ways to go before this scene concludes.

How did you do?

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13 responses to “The What Is, and the What Could Be”

  1. Cayleigh Avatar

    I got 1000 words today, and got to have some fun foreshadowing with Scrabble. I managed another 1000 yesterday, even though I spent the entire day outside shoveling the two feet of snow.

  2. HannaBelle Avatar

    300 words, hand written, while eating lunch

    Working throught HTTS while writing Bx2. With each lesson I back track a bit and better understand what’s missing and what’s next.

  3. Nancy Avatar

    233 for Wednesday and the realization that I’m missing a character. An IMPORTANT character. Who should have been there from the start. Torn between whether to scrap what I’ve written and start over (since almost all these scenes will completely different in the revision), or just make some notes on what might be affected and carry on as though she were always there. I’m leaning towards the latter.

    1. The Pencil Neck Avatar
      The Pencil Neck

      Historically, Holly has suggested that you just continue on from this point writing as though the previous scenes were already written the way they should have been instead of scrapping it and beginning revision. I don’t want to put words into Holly’s mouth on this (because she’s kinda sensitve to that 🙂 ) but it seems like a good idea to me.

      So, my vote is to continue. Maybe write up some high level notes about what SHOULD have happened in the previous scenes, but soldier on, get this draft done, and fix it in the revision.

      1. Nancy Avatar

        Thanks — I really appreciate the feedback. That’s pretty much my plan. It’s funny, it came to me what was wrong with this as I was working on the Promise sheets for the project I’m working on for HTRYN. Interesting how learning the revision process somehow changes the way you approach first drafts too! It’s so… holistic!

        1. HannaBelle Avatar

          Same thing is starting to happen for me too. Reading Holly’s lessons about are helping me write a better first draft.

  4. Peggy Avatar

    533 on Wednesday, though I didn’t get to Chase and Savvy’s interrupted brunch. Angela and Henry have to be kidnapped first.

  5. Jessica Avatar

    I took a day off from writing yesterday. The blizzard was pretty nasty all day so when I got home I just felt like cozying up on the couch and watching tv. Then I remembered about ‘Alice’ on SyFy and realized something is missing in the dynamic between my characters’ relationships. It’s funny, no matter what version or retelling of the story, I always find myself drawn and rooting for the Mad Hatter.

    1. Cayleigh Avatar

      I’m with you on the Mad Hatter. Something about how he’s completely…well, mad.

  6. Cat (from HtTS) Avatar

    1.210 words in a missing scene. Now I need to print it and then I’ll return to revision

  7. Greg Avatar

    KavI: 409 and a daring escape pending
    OFL: 1064 – looking forward to a run of fairly short scenes that will get me close to the end
    RFW: 1018. I brought a scene that seemed a bit lacking in conflict to a close as quickly as I could. Think the revision will make or break this story!

  8. Deb1789 Avatar

    975 Tonight, as my characters try to figure out how to deal with their situation.

  9. The Pencil Neck Avatar
    The Pencil Neck

    362 words.

    I’m going back and picking up a couple of scenes I bypassed after I moseyed off the outline. But, I’m really tired. I’m going to bed early tonight. I just wrote some dialogue and I’m going to leave the scene like that. Oh, and I also got the Outline up-to-date but I need to start filling it out for the second phase of the book.

    The Bodyguard stows his stuff and the Captain comes in to talk to the Bodyguard about his plans and if the woman is who he, the Captain, thinks she is.

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