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Moving quickly

I'm finding it really quick to write some of these new scenes. Some of these scenes are really short, and I'll have to go back in and add the setting to the dialogue/arguememt. But others are just fun to write.

The drama and action is really kicking in now. I've got to find a way to start drama earlier in this novel. I'm hoping that on my next round of editing I can find a way to get something out of my early scenes.... I don't really want to start the begining all over again. That's what bringing Rosie to Paris was all about.

At least now the action is starting earlier on. On my first draft, there were probably only 3 dramatic scenes in the first half. And then things took off. Now things are taking off 25% into the novel.

I think I'll just enjoy the current roll, and worry about fixing the start on my next round of edits.

I'm doing this round on my Palm + keyboard. As usual, a few people come up to me and ask about my setup. I think one person at work wants a cameo appearance in my novel.


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Nov. 17th, 2004 02:22 pm (UTC)
You may have already done this, but just in case...
For your next round, consider taking your chapters/scenes and tossing them up in the air just to see what order they come in on. The chronological starting point of a story isn't always the best starting point.

I know I'm gonna have to change the order of events on mine, once I get a few more words in - much better to have my main character start off In Peril and in Need Of Quick Thinking to get folks hooked than have her wandering, late, up to the Temple. Just not as much punch in the latter, even though, chronologically, it happens first.
Nov. 17th, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC)
Re: You may have already done this, but just in case...
Much of my novel is about discovering past events (from before when the novel takes place), so I'm not sure this completely applies. I need to show how much my character puts her mother on a pedestal and misses her in order for the reader to understand the significance of her being knocked off the pedestal (which happens at the 25% mark).

I'm also worried about how confusing it could get if I have the novel itself out of order, in addition to the flashbacks. I might try to weave the smuggling theme in from the beginning.
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