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 comments… add one
  • Cayleigh Dec 10, 2009 @ 22:08

    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.

  • HannaBelle Dec 10, 2009 @ 14:28

    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.

  • Nancy Dec 10, 2009 @ 10:31

    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.

    • The Pencil Neck Dec 10, 2009 @ 12:17

      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.

      • Nancy Dec 10, 2009 @ 12:52

        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!

        • HannaBelle Dec 10, 2009 @ 14:31

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

  • Peggy Dec 10, 2009 @ 9:43

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

  • Jessica Dec 10, 2009 @ 9:03

    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.

    • Cayleigh Dec 10, 2009 @ 22:04

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

  • Cat (from HtTS) Dec 10, 2009 @ 5:39

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

  • Greg Dec 10, 2009 @ 4:21

    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!

  • Deb1789 Dec 10, 2009 @ 3:36

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

  • The Pencil Neck Dec 10, 2009 @ 2:23

    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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