Sorry I’ve been so lame. I had to check in this morning with the crappy little total. But you know, it happens, and I can’t go off writing half cocked when I really don’t know what’s going on. So I did a lot of thinking and a lot of talking to Kettle, and we ironed out a bunch of those details of plot I could no longer avoid. And now not only is the story starting to move along with less stalling on my part, but suprises are starting to come to me. Like you’ll remember a few days ago when I said that when I got inside one of the bad guys he wasn’t the same guy I had seen on the outside. Cool.
So today I’ve written over 700 words. It was a scene that had a few false starts where I went off on tangents. So I had to sit down and think it through: what’s in their heads, what do I need to show in this scene, where do I need it to end up? And then I wrote it. They threw in a kissing bit, but that was cool and I was all- hold that pose! let me write this down- and they didn’t seem to mind too much. I cut that scene on a hook I didn’t expect to use but I think it worked.
So anyway, I was already starting to see the next part. This scene is sort of to divert the heroine’s attention so that the hero can do something. So I put her with someone close to the hero whom she doesn’t really know and hasn’t interacted before. I have no idea what they’re going to talk about, but I have to show the scene because putting them together made it seem to me like something important ought to happen. Well, I had no clue. I’ve been trying to think of a way to give this person a bigger part for weeks and had nothing.
I tried to cut myself off from imagining the scene because I didn’t know where it was going and Kettle’s like, well, what have you got? And I’m all, well, just this… And then, he does this, and-
And in my head I’m like WTF?
So I’m all- Kettle, my brain’s melting here, because [this character] just did [this thing] and…
and Kettle’s all- HOLY [expletive-deleted]!
Apparently, this character’s been harboring this HUGE secret and didn’t see fit to tell me until I gave him a little attention.
I told Kettle- I’m going to have to go back and hint at this just a little so it doesn’t come from the ever convenient left field. So I went back to the beginning when we first meet this guy, and there’s already stuff there that hints at this.
Like it was always there.
I think I’m making progress.