I have just taken a deep breath and severed all of chapter seven’s major arteries. I might scream tomorrow, but tonight it is looking good. I decided the whole thing was too ‘tell’, no ‘show’, and to make it more ‘show’ I had to completely change it and throw a spanner in the works. This means writing a whole new chunk – hoorah! New words to play with!
Technically, the new stuff is already there but in a dialogue format. So what I am going to do is to rewrite it as a scene instead and put the reader in the action, rather than finding out about it two steps removed, so to speak. This is going to be fun – the scene is in 1941, so bam – straight in the heart of everything that is happening. Get in!
The only problem is that I don’t dislike what I had already written for chapter seven. Some of it actually makes me chuckle (does anyone else chuckle at their own writing?). It has some important points in it. It has some nice twists and turns. So then I guess it depends whether it fits in elsewhere, or I copy and paste it into a new document, save it, and then conveniently forget about it. Or, if deemed important enough, it turns into chapter eight, and everything else shuffles on a gear.
Gosh I hope I am not going to do this with every flipping chapter! Also I read something on another blog, along the lines of top ten major mistakes a novice writer can make – and one was whinging and complaining about how hard writing is on a blog. This made me gulp a bit, and wonder if I should only post here when I am feeling sunny and as light as a feather. But then that’s not exactly true to life, is it? I should imagine everyone feels insecure on their first novel, by the second (and with a book deal) you might feel a little more gung-ho about the whole thing. But think of it from an employer’s point of view – would you employ someone who worries constantly that they are no good and doubts their work? As technically an agent or publisher would be your employer, not just Important Magic Folk From Afar. The problem is I tend to post more when I need reassurance, when I need to see my words in a published medium (if just a blog), when I need a boost. I’ll just have to try and temper this with posting when I am feeling *positive and happy with my writing as well.
*This is when I disappear until October!