Thursday, March 05, 2009

On the right writing path

After cutting a major portion of what I'd previously written on Book 2, I finally found the way back into Charlie's story. There were a few moments of panic (picture lots of head banging, eating snacks for inspiration, pacing,staring off into space, and asking Charlie and the powers that be to reveal everything in my dreams -- yeah, that one didn't happen . . .), but after looking at things from every angle, reading through Book 1, and finally admitting to myself that I had to scrap several chapters (though saved in another file in case they're needed later on), I found the right path for this book. And how do I know, you might ask? I can only say it's a feeling, a feeling of not 'forcing' things.

I think if I'd been stubborn and stuck with what I had previously, I would've kept banging my head against the wall, and wasted a lot of time on something I knew wasn't 'right'. So, don't be afraid to cut (though always save just in case!), and start fresh. I'm a big proponent of working through the tough spots, but if a tough spot, or the entire story, hardens around you like cement, then it might be time to start thinking about scrapping and starting again. But only you can know when that time comes.

Thankfully, I'm out of that mess and moving forward into gruesome crime scenes, ancient scrolls, inter-dimensional gateways, and a very cool (if I do say so myself) archaeological find.

5 comments:

Becky said...

Are you going to Carbon-14 date that archaeological find? If you're going to Carbon-14 date it, I'll tell you how... we're learning in my archaeometry class. hehehe.

YAY for moving forward!

Jax Cassidy said...

That's great! You're back on track, while I am stifled. :)

I am picking up an old manuscript, dusting it off, and trying to revise the thing. Paranormal writing seems so long ago for me...

Kelly Gay said...

LOL, Beck. Thanks.

Ooh, a paranormal, Jax. Good luck with it!

pseudosu said...

Good for you. I'm hip deep in scary mess right now. the book i thought was "all done" now seems like it would really benefit from a rewrite that would involve a major restructuring. Arrgggg. It's the love it hate it thing.

Kelly Gay said...

Gah, Sue. I know how daunting that can be. But it sounds like you have a good idea of what you need to do. You'll rock it out, I have no doubt. ;-)