I am fresh off of a meeting with my writing group and feeling wildly optimistic about Memory.
Because it turns out I didn’t waste my week outlining an additional chapter for the novel!
Well, I say an additional chapter, but really I’m just extending an existing chapter and adding a fight scene to smooth out its pacing.
To back up and explain here, I nearly got to the end of the second act of the novel a week ago; I was all set up to do the last fight scene that I didn’t plot out (still looming over my head), thus closing out that leg of the novel and entering the endgame.
But . . . I realized there was an important moment missing from the novel. Something pivotal to a character’s arc, essential to them making an important decision later on (in the scene directly after the point where I stopped a week ago). And I knew that I couldn’t just weave that moment into existing scenes and wash my hands of it.
So I decided it’s super-in-depth, probably-more-work-than-it-needs-to-be-and-thus-totally-on-brand-for-me editing time, baby!
Basically, I’m doing an extensive reorganization of an existing chapter, which sounds daunting.
But, thankfully, it isn’t.
I’ve already spent the past week outlining the reworked chapter, taking a bit of extra time with it because I wanted to run the idea past my writing group to make sure I wasn’t being overly critical. Thankfully (?), they agreed that it sounded like a good idea and the concept I had for the fantasy monster the protagonists will encounter in that chapter got some ooh’s and ah’s. That means I’m all set to write the chapter itself (which will thankfully include copying-and-pasting specific dialogue from the original chapter because it still needs to be in the new version).
All of that should only take about two days. Especially because I outlined the new fight scene in advance.
“Ha ha! I learn!” Louis screamed, loud enough for his neighbors to hear through the wall. “I le-e-e-earn!”
All things considered, I should be past the second act and into the endgame by this time next week.
Wish me luck, everybody. Fingers crossed that nothing explodes.
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