Saturday, July 18, 2009


So I went silent on my accountability posts.

Here's an update: Thursday was pretty much a zero, except I went to writer's group. Yeah, that was fun. I was going to write after it was over, but I got home after midnight. My husband hates it when I'm that late. So I went to bed.

Friday: Did a total rehaul on my first chapter. I tried switching it to third, which I'm pretty sure didn't work for me. I'm just not feeling this book in third person. My next novel is in third and it works for me, but this one is not. So I rehauled it that way.

And then I rehauled it again, in first (I've saved all three versions of course) in which I do a slight plot twist that might work with fixing some issues I was having with the first chapter.

But now I'm stuck because I like the ennd of my first chapter--and now it's not the same. I'm trying to figure it out. Trying, trying trying. I could split the chapter earlier or make it like five pages longer. For the most part my chapters are about ten pages.

The things is I still what the kidnapping scene, and I want it to end a chapter. I'm about 700 words into the next chapter, and it's time for the kidnapping. Do I delay it and fill in more back story, do I trash some of the revised first chapter, and squeeze this stuff in there, or do I have a longer first chapter.

Today: I wrote a bit more at the end of where I was before the chapter one issue. Then I relooked at chapter one and two again. And then I stared at the screen, and I thought about it. And what I want to set as the tone of the novel, and I thought about it some more, and then I thought about it again.

Then I tried to write more at the end, but I think that I've thought too much today, because I couldn't even spell anything.

So good night.


L.T. Elliot said...

I, personally, like a bit of longer chapters so that route would work with me. However, I hear that people like 'em short and punchy. Who is to say. What I say is, write it the way that feels best to you now and then come back to it later and see if you feel the same. The important thing is to get it all out. =]

MeganRebekah said...

I spent the entire weekend staring at my computer screen trying to figure out how to start a chapter. I knew where I wanted it to go, but couldn't get there.
Finally I decided why do I need to show the path to the scene I want? Let's just jump right into it. So far it's working.
good luck!