I, unfortunately, have not had the opportunity to write up posts in advance lately. Well, excepting the mini-series I’m doing about selfishness that is. As I have not had that opportunity and, of course, since my reserves have been tapped in ways I thought impossible my inspiration has run rather dry. My usual political activism via facebook discussions has even waned as I pulled myself from my computer a lot this week so I might lay on an ice pack and hope the little one wasn’t in one of his “I’m going to throw all my hard and concussion inducing toys at Mama” moods. As you can tell – no concussion. I consider this a victory.
The writing, though, has necessarily been quite slow. My wip has seen pitifully few words added in the last couple weeks while my kitchen has seen more activity in the last week than it usually sees in a month. I will say, however, there are a few things I realized I need to do with the current work. First is a timeline. I’m a pantser and usually do things pretty linearly, but with the backstory and the necessary movements of a plot driven work I’m finding this to be vital. It feels a bit too much like doing math homework for me and so I keep putting it off. Never put off until tomorrow what you can put off until the day after tomorrow! *sigh* Second – I think I need to reorder a few events. That is to say I wrote the “bad guy’s” story a certain way, then decided it didn’t work. Basically, I made him too evil first and realized there was virtually no way to make the guy sympathetic if I started the story at that point. THEN I started it off at a more neutral point, gave some of the necessary backstory, then dropped him into slightly worse than neutral, then made him act as the kind of guy I hate and proceeded to give the coup de grace tearjerker history I had known all along he would have. Yeah, I didn’t like it either. So a cuttin’ and a pastin’ I went. It’s better now. I think.
How do you go about eviscerating your work? Do you? How do you KNOW you’ve got things in the best and most effective order? And, this one is really important, when it’s getting cooler outside do you prefer warm apple cider or hot chocolate with mini marshmallows?