So, here it is, mid-July, and I’m still struggling to finish my book. So far, I’ve written a really great scene that doesn’t actually advance my story and changed my heroine’s personality in the middle of the story and had to fix it. That doesn’t even touch the stuff that is probably just filler and will have be removed in the editing process.
I wrote about 5 chapters in a linear fashion, and got stuck. Sid and James suggested I write the major scenes that I already had planned out, then fill the gaps for the rest, and that’s where I am. You would think that it would be simple to just link these scenes together, but no. As I mentioned, I turned Charlie from a strong and independent young woman to a giggling twit in one scene, and completely changed the nature of the story. I caught it when I tried to link it to a pre-written scene and realized it did not work at all. Luckily, I think I’ll be able to use a few paragraphs in later scenes, so it wasn’t a complete waste of time. Anyway, the point is, it really is a lot of work to put together a coherent story that you hope will interest someone other than your best friends and family. I’m going to keep trudging forward and make this thing come together!
James says: And thus we have a nice little cross-sample of the writing process. It’s a weird little thing where you rip pieces of your heart, soul, and mind and try to put it into words that will mean something other people. Don’t let Mickie fool you, though, her story is really good, and Charlie is a compelling and interesting character. And this is going to be a great book for the foundation of our series.
Sid says: Mickie is learning by experience that every writer’s process is different. James and I both write linearly, but we are the exception rather than the rule. Some people write the ending first and work backwards; some, like Mickie, write the major scenes and string them together like beads on a necklace. Whatever works for you, do it, and get the story down. Finish first; beta readers and revisions are for polishing, arranging, grammar checking, and all that fun stuff. Mickie is doubting her process right now (as everyone does at some point), but rest assured, even the stuff she’s cutting is really good and is being saved for outtakes to be used elsewhere.