There I was, happily churning out pages for the pulpy adventure spec. The daily output was respectably above average.
(Gotta say, this new practice of writing out/establishing the beats of each scene has proven invaluable.)
If I could maintain this kind of pace, dare I even contemplate the possibility of having a completed draft, if not by month’s end, then maybe by mid-February?
But like the man who operates the guillotine might say, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.
Story-wise, things are still pretty solid, save for a previously unforeseen wrinkle: I need to do some emergency revision regarding exactly where and how a supporting character is introduced.
What was in the outline is completely different from what ended up on the page, so looks like I’ve given myself a few options:
- Leave it as is, but come up with how to tie everything together. A few possible solutions here. Not crazy about it.
- Go back and rewrite so it plays out as originally planned. It may lack some of the punch I was hoping to start with, but that sequence already has a significant amount of “attention-grabbing oomph” to begin with.
Some alternate approaches are currently under consideration, as are those of a drastically different nature. It’s also being discovered that implementing some of these changes could actually assist in reducing the number of pages, which was going to happen anyway. Only now it would be sooner. Not a bad result.
No matter which I choose, there’s some serious editing and rewriting in my immediate future.
This whole scenario definitely falls under the “kill your darlings” category because even though I really like what I’ve already written, as we all know, fixing the story takes precedence over placating the writer’s ego.
Keeping with the metaphor of this post’s title, what initially felt like a major problem is, after some careful analysis, evaluation, and plain old level-headedness, slowly developing into more of a bump in the road.