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22 February 2009 @ 01:11 pm
I figured it out!  

Today I figured out what was wrong with the book! And the best part is, I only have to go back about two and a half chapters to fix it, and most of what I’ve written can be kept, it just needs to be shuffled around and revised a little. It is not impossible that I will finish the book on time! (It’s maybe not likely, because that would be some pretty intensive writing, but it’s not impossible!)

The solution? The stakes were, in fact, not high enough. I got to a scene today and thought “…I wonder if this character should die,” which was not a thought I’d had previously (often I’ll think it and avoid it because who likes killing characters? Er. Well. I mean. There’s a certain glee in it, of course, but…), and it suddenly seemed like it might be a good idea. Then a couple pages later, the place to do so presented itself. There are, in fact, a *bunch* of characters who could die, with varying degrees of emotional or social ramifications for the lead characters, and the one who will die will present a whole bunch of roadblocks (literally, at least once) to their success. So! Now I’m very pleased. (Wow, the stuff I’ve got written now may end up being very close to the actual end of the book. I have t…oooh. Yes. Instead of Bad Guy as Currently Presented it can…*writes this down on paper where you guys don’t get the details*) Muahahah.

So (she said, taking a sharp right turn) this Pilates book I’ve got (I got two. One is largely very easy, though I’m sure it’s a good workout if you do all of it, and the other says “you can’t learn Pilates from a book but if you insist on trying you should use this book” and that’s the one I’m working more from) has a series of ‘essential’ exercises that it wants you to learn before you go on to even the beginner’s workout. Having done those little bitty exercises for six weeks or so, it turns out that I can do the intermediate or advanced versions of about half the essential exercises. I’m kind of looking forward to trying the beginner’s workout soon. :)

I think I will maybe go revise a chapter a bit and kill somebody off, and then maybe go for a walk. Yes. This is a plan.

miles to Minas Tirith: 55.3

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on February 22nd, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hate it when a character is killed.

On the other hand, it does usually make the book better, and I'm grateful to authors when they do do it. The more prominent the character, the better, since it throws all the others into jeopardy.

(One of the things that made the film Executive Decision a bit more memorable was the way that the Steven Seagal character is making all the running as the action hero, and then suddenly, he's dead. The other thing that impressed me was the actress playing the flight attendant. They cast a relative unknown named Halle Berry.)
kitmizkit on February 22nd, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
...I don't think I've seen Executive Decision, which is kind of surprising, as I've seen quite a few Seagal movies. I'll have to watch it for Ms. Berry!
irishkateirishkate on February 22nd, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
It is one of the better seagal movies.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on February 22nd, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
It came out in 1996. I happened to see it on my first ever visit to the US, as I bounced through Manhattan on the way back from a conference in San Francisco.

(The substitute hero was Kurt Russell, who unlike Seagal was not special ops.)

I won't say it's a film I've bothered to rewatch, not being a huge fan of the stuck-on-an-airliner thriller genre, but I've seen worse.
ghibbitudeghibbitude on February 22nd, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Oh you horrible woman! you're killing off some Important Person in some book I want to read, and telling me about it (which only makes me want to find out who and how and why and what-will-happen-next). That was an unkind teaser!
kitmizkit on February 22nd, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)

Thank you. I feel all vindicated in killing characters off now, or something. *laughs a lot*
irishkate: tardisirishkate on February 22nd, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
wait - what?

Kill death maim? People are going to die? whimper.
kitmizkit on February 22nd, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
People *usually* die in my books! (I said cheerfully!)
irishkate: bouncyirishkate on February 22nd, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
best place for it too
The owner of a grey cat: treejennielf on February 22nd, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
Yay! I knew you could fix the book without too much effort. :)

I enjoy your journal. Thank you for sharing, its fun to watch the process. :)
kitmizkit on February 22nd, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
Without too much effort, I said with dismay? :)