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Back to the Fairy Story

Ok, so I've promised to go back to my edit. Because I kept tripping up over the beginning, I cut the entire middle section and copied it into a new sub document in scrivener. The idea is that I can play around with it there, move the words, cut the bracketed comments when they've been addressed.

The middle is crucial, I realized. Here is where I need buildup and backing back down, here is where character is revealed. I know pretty much what happens when character #3 appears. It's #1 and #2 that have to get their act together and do their stuff, plot-wise.

I mean, really. So much of this was written out of order. I have this scene that came to me later that simply must go earlier because later something else happens. And I wrote that earlier in the draft.

So by making it a smaller draft to shift around, I'm hoping this makes it more manageable. If I can't do this with a short story, how will I ever manage a novel?

Frog Out


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Dec. 17th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
As far as I can tell, it's really the same principle, short or long. If you're used to writing in linear order, moving things around may come as a shock at first, but I think you'll find you'll get used to it. Just roll up your sleeves and play.

Also, I find that sometimes at this level of chunk-shifting, I need to back off it a while, forget about it, and then come back with a fresh eye. Otherwise it can become very confusing.
Dec. 17th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
One might need to back off for a while, yes. And then there's the forced backing off that comes in the form of the croup. Hang in there. Your frustration is making me look at my situation (bad cold, behind on homework, guests coming tomorrow evening) and think "do it now! do it now!" So off I go.

And I refuse to think about christmas and a complete lack of presents at the moment.
Dec. 17th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, do it now in case the roof caves in later (I type 1-fingered b/c little guy on lap)

I don't know ANYONE who isn't feeling behind the 8 ball right now. You're not alone. Good luck, hope u feel better!
Dec. 17th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
My cold is over (knock on wood). It's Miss E who came back on Monday with a cold. And as you know, that's worse than having one yourself. It's not bad enough to keep her home from school, but it's making her quite miserable. And in case you were confused, she's also the one behind on her homework (because of the trip). She took homework with her, but didn't do it without Mom there cracking the whip.
Dec. 17th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
See, that's sorta how my brain works; I write scenes when they strike me, and somehow I manage to make them all work into a cohesive bit. It'll work out.
Dec. 23rd, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
Would writing out an outline of your new draft help?

Dec. 23rd, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
Oh I have an outline. This is not the same. This is moving paragraphs around and deciding where a line of dialog should go. Detail stuff. The outline, while fixed, is high level.

But thanks for the thought...I didn't figure out the outline until AFTER I wrote the story, but I knew as soon as I did it that I had the story right.

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