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Five hundred is good....

In my ideal world, I'd write 1-2000 usable words per day (plus my admin and social networking stuff) but today kicked my butt. I had to write a conversation, and first I needed to determine where both sides were coming from, and what it needed to convey, and exactly how offensive I wanted the offensive party to be. And wow, this 500-word conversation took me all day.

I was watching the film Temple Grandin to research autism for the Mnevermind series, and on the pass I watched it with the audio commentary from the screenwriter, he pointed out a scene that he'd rewritten 16 times. The scene he finally ended up with went:


It was a stunning scene, too.

I think I feel compelled in my genre to pump out work fast and sloppy. And it's nice to be reassured that I'm not the only one who thinks it's worthwhile to spend hours getting something just right.


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Dec. 5th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
And as a reader, I'm very grateful for that.
Dec. 6th, 2012 09:57 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks!
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Dec. 6th, 2012 09:57 am (UTC)
Dec. 5th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
The difference is obvious, and we thank you.
Dec. 6th, 2012 09:58 am (UTC)
I think the difference isn't apparent to everyone. It is to me, though, and I'm working on shifting my focus to my internal process rather than other people's reactions. I think we're not trained to do that, though, so it's a long slog.
Dec. 6th, 2012 01:34 am (UTC)
And this is why you have loyal readers...and also why you're on my auto-buy at the top of the very short list. Thank you for working so hard to get it just right for us! :)
Dec. 6th, 2012 10:00 am (UTC)
I just had the thought, "What if I look at it now and it sucks?" Haha! I'm pretty confident I can move on to the next scene though. It had a feeling of rightness.
Dec. 6th, 2012 10:29 am (UTC)
You are one of the most skilled writers whose work I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Your characters are definitely one of your strong suits. They're always unique and extremely well-developed. Like everyone else has already said, we deeply appreciate that you take the time to flesh out every part of your books, even conversations. That's part of what sets you apart from the rest.

PS, I love Temple Grandin.
Dec. 6th, 2012 11:17 am (UTC)
Aaand I tweaked it for another 15 minutes this morning - LOL! It's a gem of a conversation, very uncomfortable.
Dec. 6th, 2012 10:42 am (UTC)
I might occationally poke you to ask how a certain book fares, but I prefer you take your time and made it awesome, rather that just spit something out :D

And on that note, how goes the next PsyCop? ;p

(There are plenty of writers who does the spitting out stuff, and while I might enjoy their books, they are hardly ever getting on my reread list)
Dec. 6th, 2012 11:19 am (UTC)
The PsyCop question isn't easy for me to deal with even when I know it's in jest. The series is poised at the potential jump-the-shark point and I need to be hugely careful.

Edited at 2012-12-06 03:19 pm (UTC)
Dec. 6th, 2012 11:26 am (UTC)
As long as you're still writing it, that's pretty much all I wanna know when I ask, I can wait :)
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Dec. 6th, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
They say such bizarre things during the commentary sometimes. I remember once there was a line in a TV show I found so funny that I almost fell off the treadmill. Then I listened to commentary and it turned out one of the actors could not stop laughing--and they lost half a day of shooting because of it!
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