kit (mizkit) wrote,

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back to where I was...

Hit 20K on HOUSE OF CARDS again. I'm about 300 words further along in wordcount than I was last time I hit 20K, and at the same place in the story, except it's MUCH MUCH BETTER now. MUCH MUCH better. I thought the proposal was crap when I turned it in, but I thought that might've been because I was so freaking tired of the HoS ms that I just had no feel at all for what I'd done on HoC. No, I was right, it was crap, but now that it's all fixed and I have new ideas that cropped up during the last (please please god let it be the last as in final as opposed to last as in I haven't had to do another one yet) revision of HoS and I'm actually kind of excited about this book. I think it has the potential to be good.

I was muttering to people earlier about this scene I had to write. Rather, this scene I wanted to skip, which is difficult to do legitimately when you're telling a story from a relatively tight 3rd person POV. I do have a second POV character, but I couldn't bow out of the scene by switching to him because he's asleep, and the only way to switch to him would be to jump several hours forward in time, and I really needed at least one more scene with the main POV character before I did that. (These books do not hop back and forth that much in time.) So whine whine whine because I feel like implying or announcing that a scene in which vital information is going to be passed on is about to happen, and then not letting the reader see that scene because it has information I don't want the reader to have yet, but that the character needs, is cheating. (It's not, really. I do feel that it's basically a convention of storytelling that one ought not cheat a reader out of information like that by dropping the relevant scene in order to have it come up later, but if it's a rule, great, ok, fine, I know about it and now I'm breaking it.)

I've now handled it to my satisfaction, but bitching about it reminded me of Mom being bemused at me getting in a futher over things like that. She reads a lot (mysteries, mostly, so none of the writers I know who are reading this need feel impunged), and consequently reads a lot of bad books, and she thinks I must be working a great deal harder than many of those authors, because I *do* worry about things like that.

Dithering between watching The Aviator, which is our !netflix movie, or De-Lovely, which soundtrack I've been listening to much of the day, this evening. It's a hard life. :)

ytd wordcount: 187,300
Tags: movies, writing

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