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27 January 2008 @ 12:12 pm
I do not want to work today, said little Peggy Ann McKay  

Feeling quite sullen about the whole prospect of working today. Slogged out three or four hundred words that seemed, as did the rest of the scene, all wrong, and in a fit of despondency went to see what the stupid synopsis said about this general scene.

It said, not quite in these words, “Actually, Catie, you’re pretty much on the right track here. You do need to go back and add in another supporting scene after X but before Y (besides the two or three other supporting scenes that need to be added in), and it’s true this scene you’re working on has come about a little differently than it’s written in the synopsis, but the idea of it is more or less what you’re doing. It might be more tantalizing to rewrite it as it is in the synopsis, but that *also* requires more backstory, which is not necessarily bad, and should be considered.”

And now, as I’ve been typing that, I’ve suddenly had the first moment of “Oh God, I don’t have enough room in this book to fit everything in,” combined with its 180 degree polar opposite, “Christ, I don’t have enough story to fill up this book.”

That, despite what you may think, is almost always a good sign. I almost always have this moment in books. It generally means I in fact have the right amount of material and it’s all going to work out.

Excellent. Now that I’m feeling better about the book (which, with an additional 1000 words, will be 25% finished), we’re going out to lunch with natural20 and irishkate, assuming the latter is not so late as to actually miss lunch. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on January 27th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)

Oh, and give natural20 a hug from us. And then get him to give irishkate one too, so she doesn't feel left out.

(Edited: I don't know who isrishkate is, and nor does LJ.)

Edited at 2008-01-27 04:48 pm (UTC)
xnamkradxnamkrad on January 27th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
Going to be a lot of hugging as I asked natural20 to give you and irishkate a hug from me as well!
Dragonsinger: Sarah write -- Merctalesdragonsinger on January 27th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Wait a minute. You have those moments where you think, "Oh, no! I don't have enough story for a book"? I'm going through one of those right now. How do you get through it?
kitmizkit on January 27th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, it happens in every single book. If it is not combined with the simultaneous terror of having too much story for the book, it often means I don't actually have a plot. I might have something that looks like a plot, but at the end of the day it doesn't actually act like a plot. Sometimes what I thought was the plot is only a subplot. Sometimes I'm just missing a plot entirely. (That's happened twice. Oi.)

Check to make sure somebody has something to gain and your hero has something to lose. In fact, hammer it home to them and have them lose it, or something they don't at all expect to lose. Kill somebody, for example. :)

If it's the combination terror, keep writing. You have enough story, it just looks scary from where you're standing. :)
Dragonsingerdragonsinger on January 27th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
Okay. Good advice. I'll go back and examine it.:)
kitmizkit on January 27th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
Good luck!
irishkate: bouncyirishkate on January 27th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
I actually got there first! I just forgot there would be no traffic on sundays and considering I was barely waking up at 11:30 I thought bring in town for 12:30 might be pushing it.

But it wasn't.
kitmizkit on January 27th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
Indeed, you are maligned by my comment, but you /did/ say you'd be late. I shall admit to your timely arrival when next I post. :)
irishkateirishkate on January 27th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
I did say it- I expected to be late - who knew I could wake up, shower, dress, drive to the city, park and find the restaurant between 11:45 (when I finally woke enough to get up) and 12:30?!
katedonovankatedonovan on January 27th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
I like it that your synopsis addresses you by name. My characters do that sometimes, but never my synopsis.