Sunday, September 21, 2008

On the other hand again ...

I spent three solid working days on the new opening.
I wrote a pretty good couple-thousand words.

But ... it isn't 'right'.

If somebody came to me and said,
"I have two openings. One drops us down in the middle of action. The other is folks thinking and talking and the action happened a week ago. Which should I use?"

I'd tell them to go for the action. Go for stuff happening. Danger and chaos and decisions belong on-stage, not mulled and mumbled over later.

But when I try to follow that advice,
it's just not working.
That will make me a little less ready to give advice, maybe.

So I'm going to go back to my original opening ... bunny scene and all.
Bunch of time and effort wasted. Much useless gnawing of fingernails.
I wish I didn't keep doing this to myself.


  1. With me, it's having to cut great scenes that don't forward the story.

    Good luck with your opening!

  2. Hi pbw --

    With me too. I hate to lose good writing.

    I expect that to come later in the process.

    I'm trying to learn not to waste work. I need to plan better.

  3. Anonymous9:38 PM

    Don't think of it as a waste...think of it as exclusive material to share with us, your groupies!

  4. Hi Deb --

    Really good writers don't do this.
    Really Good Writers are efficient.


  5. Anonymous10:13 PM

    I don't know that there is any reason to think that Really Good Writers are efficient. Some are, and some aren't, as far as I can tell. It would be nice to think that some god of great writing also made it efficient writing, but I don't think that is really how it works. Its more about which writers do most of their thinking in their heads and which do it on paper...Deb

  6. Hi Deb --

    I'm trying for efficiency in this story. Speed, y'know. Because I don't want to take endless months writing and writing.

    But I have so very much research to do. Mountains.

    This may be slow ...