Ha HA!

Did you hear that?  It’s the sound of my long-stalled rewrite getting unstuck.

I have this issue with beginnings.  In the first chapter, I’m trying so hard to establish everything that I have to write it three or four (or seven or ten) times over before I get it right.

In the second chapter, I tend to stall out and lose tension.  I can tell this is boring because the words flow like dried ketchup, and are about as attractive.  Even I am bored.  There’s too much sitting around, too much thinking, not enough character interaction.  I’m well aware that locking my character in a closet by herself for hours is not interesting.  But I haven’t figured out what else to do, so I just keep writing that closet.

In fact, I have spent several weeks not writing that closet.

 But today I found what else to do besides the closet.    That means this rewrite might actually get done sometime this century.    If I can get through chapter three, and the inevitable awkward transition from story setup to full-swing action, which invariably needs to be cut to just swing all the way through.

By chapter four, we’ll be sailing smooth.

7 Responses to “Ha HA!”

  1. ecmyers Says:

    I hope you can keep up the forward momentum!

    I must have rewritten the opening of my first novel ten times until I finally deleted it just before submitting to agents, which was obviously the right solution. It’s just so hard to let go sometimes…

  2. Janci Says:

    Nice. I’ve never been able to chop off a beginning like that. My third or fourth chapters never make good beginnings, either. I always have to write something else to take it’s place. Sometimes several something elses, in fact.

  3. Janci Says:

    You’re right. At Sundance this year there was a film about a guy who was buried alive. The whole thing took place in the ground. It was supposed to be pretty good, too.

  4. ecmyers Says:

    I wrote a short story about a guy in a closet with a girl dressed as a zombie at a Halloween party. But they weren’t trapped, and she wasn’t dressed as a zombie, she was a zombie 🙂

  5. Janci Says:

    That sounds like fun.

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