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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 12:15 pm (UTC)
I hate losing work to a computer crash. Because it's GONE. :( I have such a phobia abbout it.
May. 31st, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC)
No kidding! I should go back everything up on a flash drive right this second. (My PsyCop eye icon is having a staring contest with your rainbow eye icon, hee hee)
May. 31st, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
*laughs* I was noticing that. :)

I use Google Documents to back up my work, or I email myself my work.

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