Well I hope I’m going to be too.
Because I have finally solved my plot conundrum. Having agonized over it for days, I began to hear Internal Editor stirring. Now I know once she is awake, that will be it, Six Impossible Things will never advance because Ms Muse will go into hiding. The Editing sisters – Internal and Helpful – can only show up when the draft is finished. So I did something so out in left field that it made flipping a coin look scientific.
I used a pendulum. Yes folks I held a crystal pendulum up, decided if it swung one way that was Plot One and obviously, if it swung the other way, that was Plot Two. The pendulum opted for Plot Two.
Yes, yes I know – you’re tapping your head with your finger and wondering if you will ever stop back in here again, in case my particular brand of insanity is catching. The thing is boys and girls, is that I felt immensely relieved when the pendulum swung for Plot Two – so clearly that was what I wanted to write, but was being to chicken to admit. So does it matter how I came to the realization about which plot I wanted to write? I don’t think so.
But back to the quote of the day and the act of rewriting. I’m currently in that breathless phase where the story just has to get on the page. Never mind the details, get the story down before it escapes (or gets stomped to death by her ladyship Internal Editor). In that moment, I suspect that few of us are good writers.
It is when we go back and begin to work on the details that we (hopefully) shine. At the moment adverbs are breeding faster than rabbits in Six Impossible Things and I am taking great care to ignore them. I’ll worry about them when the draft is finished, go through and turn them all into (metaphorical) bunny stew. It’s the same idea behind the multitude of ‘she exploded, she sniffed, she spat’ style speech tags. They are there simply to remind me that I need to pad that out with some description – but for now I just want to GET.IT.OUT
So if you’ll excuse me, I think I might just tiptoe back to the subject of tomorrow’s post – yWriter – and get to work….