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04 July 2006 @ 01:08 pm
we don't need no stinkin' logic!  
Here I am, marching along (not chugging today: not enough momentum), and man this scene's getting long and the chapter's not the longest but if this scene doesn't end soon it'll be rivaling the longest and whew, finally hit 3K for the day and chug chug ok can I wrap it up here no not really but if I go back and fix something *goes back and ...*

And wow, that transition is really ugly. Rrrreeaaally ugly. Like, ugly enough that *I* don't get what happened. Ok, how to fix that. Oh, well, hey, a scene from the other POV character would be good, and would clear up the transition problem, and ... make the chapter about six thousand words long.

*cuts the entire long scene and pastes it into the next chapter, where it no longer seems interminable*

*stares in dismay at the chapter that has now been reduced by 60%*

Ok, *logically* I know I haven't written any less just because I've moved stuff from one chapter to another, but having written 3K on chapter 11 already and now having to write another 2K on chapter 11 makes me dismal anyway.

*flops dismally*

(OTOH, I always like writing chapter 11 in any book because I figure if the book isn't going to work, this is the chapter where it will fail.

What? Don't other people think that way? I mean, come on, tell me it doesn't make sense!

...ok, maybe you shouldn't tell me if it doesn't make sense. *sulk*)
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Geek of Weird Shitgows on July 4th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC)
OTOH, I always like writing chapter 11 in any book because I figure if the book isn't going to work, this is the chapter where it will fail.

What? Don't other people think that way? I mean, come on, tell me it doesn't make sense!


(Actually, it does.) * grin*

*thoughtful look* On the other hand, I never even notice when one chapter ends and another begins. I think I used to, a little, when I was a kid, but I don't pause or even look at the chapter titles anymore.

I wonder if/how many people think this way. *musing*
salymander on July 4th, 2006 11:05 am (UTC)
I dunno, I kinda like that idea no matter how flawed the logic behind it is. It may not be Spockian, but hey, to each their own.
Chrysoulachrysoula on July 5th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
Your ability to think in chapters amazes me. I wrote my entire mansucript in scenes, and then on revision went back and sort of helplessly put chapter titles in front of each one. They range from around 1000 words to 3500 words...