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01 April 2010 @ 11:30 am
obliterate’s not so bad…  

I had an epiphany this morning and realized what was wrong with the book. My feeling that I had all the right pieces but they were in the wrong order was correct. Now I know how to arrange them properly.

I have no idea what this is going to do to my wordcount. The word “obliterate” may come into play. I’m unexpectedly chipper about this, because although it will be a giant pain the tuckus, at least I’ll be writing the right story instead of slogging through this mess of uncertainty which persists in feeling wrong. So today I’m going to rewrite chapter one, print out and read the 65,000 words I have written, and see what parts of them I think can be salvaged (*whimper*).

It may turn out quite a lot of it can be salvaged, with various degrees of revision. The real question is whether the salvage operation and follow-up completion of the reworked novel can be accomplished by the impending April 16 deadline. It’s not impossible. I’m not sure it’s *likely*, but it’s not impossible.

(And Ted is just a little bit on the exceedingly smug side, as my epiphany was that the book should have started where he said it should start in the first place. I shoulda listened to him… :))

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: busybusy
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on April 1st, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)
You know, I'm going to start looking for his name included on the copyright page in future ...
irishkateirishkate on April 1st, 2010 11:17 am (UTC)
Anything we can send you to make the process less painful (even if it does rather sound like it really won't be painful at all..faster then perhaps...)
Brian: evil kitty laughlogrusboy on April 1st, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
To paraphrase Heinlein, when you are critiquing your spouse's work and discover you are right, apologize immediately.

Tell Ted to move his behind into the kitchen and bake you an apology. And make it a good one!
kitmizkit on April 1st, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
He wasn't critiquing. He was offering solicited advice, in fact. :)
Brianlogrusboy on April 1st, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)

*sigh* Here I am trying to score you goodies, and you just want to quibble over semantics. Some days I wonder why I try....