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2000 words of garbage

I guess I should be glad that it doesn't happen to me more often. I wrote a scene that took me all day (with a little break to re-hook-up our satellite, which isn't working well, and BOY was that fun) and as I lay down in bed later on, I realized it sucked. It would need a total rewrite; a tweak wouldn't do it.

It was just...lame. If I were to summarize it, I'd say, "My character meets with someone he hasn't seen for 15 years and is really nervous, and some people argue." I mean, the action part of it was just *blah*.

When I have this much trouble, I know I can kickstart something by writing longhand and giving myself an assignment. So my assignment was, "Write ten different ways to handle that scene." Believe me, ten seems like an awful lot when you're on number three, and you think you're totally tapped out. By number seven or eight, I thought, OK, OK, I've proved my point. I can stop now. But since I can't NOT finish something when I'm so close, I kept on going.

And I realized my idea #10 totally rocked. (My guy stops in the bathroom on his way to the friend's office. The friend is washing his face. He doesn't recognize his friend until his friend speaks and asks for a towel.)

I guess I needed those 2000 throwaway words to practice with the friend, since he was new to me, to get his voice down, and think about how he felt about the reunion.

***In other news: OMG, PsyCop 4 coming out tomorrow! Yay!***


May. 31st, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
Tomorrow is the eBook release, and then at the end of the month it'll come out in paper
Good for me, bad for my friend in Australia ;o)
She'll have to wait patiently for me to send it to her and I'll have to keep my mouth shut and not tell her anything.
I can't wait to read it, I've been reading the series again in preparation for next book. And I still love them :o)
May. 31st, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
I wonder if she can order from LuLu in Australia? I'm not sure how that'll work.

I can't tell you how excited it makes me that you're GEARING UP for PsyCop 4! I'm going to go brag to my boyfriend!

May. 31st, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
I've been waiting for it. I love the stories and I love the characters and can't wait to find out what's in store for them next. I still want to know more about Camp Hell lol And I do think Crash needs a fella. But that's just me. PsyCop & The Adrien English series are the M/M stories I read the most. They are just that damn good. So go brag you've earned it.

My friend probably could order from LuLu but eBooks not her thing or mine either but i print them out.I probably shouldn't be telling you that lol. I just can't read that much on the computer screen. So I send them to her when they are in book format.

And I peeked at the other comments and now I want to know... 3somes with Crash? One little tidbit.. a fan in the middle of nowhere New York and somewhere in Australia would love to know ;o)
May. 31st, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks for telling me about your reading habits! (OMG, I totally don't care if you print it out)

Knowing this makes me think that I'll try to make book 5 come out in print and ebook at the same time.

Right now I'm facing a learning curve with print-on-demand through Amazon, so I thought I'd give myself a month to figure it out.

My lips are sealed about Crash though. OK, I can't resist...he shows a little skin in this story :D
May. 31st, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
I glad you don't mind that I print it out. It is just for my reading pleasure not for profit.

It's a tough call. I like print books right away but I love the way PsyCop is set up with the two stories in one book.

OK, I can't resist...he shows a little skin in this story :D
Ugh! Tease ;o)
So when exactly does the book come out? 12:01 EST? *Has credit card ready*
And you know I won't sleep until I've read it now and know what Crash is up to lol
May. 31st, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
LOL, I just put it live. It's 10:30 pm here, so I'm sure it's tomorrow somewhere. I'll do a big announcement in the morning :D

It'll be here: stores.lulu.com/jcprice
May. 31st, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! Printing now. Sleep is overrated anyway ;o)
May. 31st, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
Awesomeness! You're my very first customer! I hope you enjoy it! :D
May. 31st, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm the first :o)
And I saw the title to the next one on the last page and I can't wait for that one either.
Jun. 1st, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
Yay! I get goosebumps from the title of #5. I've been dying to write this for a long time now, but the time had to be right.

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