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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 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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