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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Misdirection!


I was working on chapter 9 of my WIP and I ran into this snag. The first half of the chapter went really well and I liked where it was going. But the second half just felt royally wrong. It felt wrong as I was writing it and it continued to bother me hours after I completed it. It seemed like it had gone in the wrong direction and flowed badly. The second half was definately giving me fits.


So I thought, heck with it. I completely cut out the second half of the chapter and started over on it. I love it now. It's completely different than what it replaced. It not only flows better though, I think it really took the story in the right direction. Before, I felt I'd dug a hole that I just couldn't dig myself out of. By starting the second half over from scratch I was able to get myself out of that hole. It works so much better now.


I'd heard other authors say that sometimes they had to start over to move on and I didn't truly understand it. It seemed to me that you could just fix what you didn't like. But they were right. Sometimes a quick fix here and there is all you need, but sometimes, you have to start over. I absolutely love chapter 9 now. Can't wait to dive into chapter 10.

2 comments:

N.J.Walters said...

Sometimes you do have to start over, but that's not a bad thing. Glad your WIP is moving along smoothly now.

Kathy said...

It's almost done. Two to possibly three chapters left. Thanks NJ.:-)