I’ve hit a new record. Killed a red pen on one chapter of my work in progress. Chapter 19 turned out to be the worst chapter. To date.
Here’s a sample of the notes I wrote to myself:
- Shorter scenes, get in and get out. FAST
- Don’t over-explain things
- Don’t overanalyze and bore the reader
- Rework this
- Scene breaks?!
- Dullsville. I’m bored.
- Speed up the pacing–it’s Amish-like.
I’ll save you from a line-by-line recap. However, WordPress is all bullet happy so I must continue in this format.
- Then there are the crossouts and dozens of rewritten sentences.
- Eek. This is a bad chapter. I get why everything is on the page. But the page was not where it needed to be.
- Sometimes I was working out the motivation and the character’s inner world. Not the place for that exercise. Mental note: Scratch paper has its uses.
- And then I did the dreaded can’t get out of this scene so I’ll keep writing and then bridge right into the next scene move.
- If my head didn’t throb so much, I’d smack it on my desk.
Oh Chapter 19, what happened when I drafted you? Was my brain on vacay? Was I rushing to increase wordcount? This is going to take a few days and some intense revising to get you back on track.