Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Unexpected Sandwich Filling

There I was, editing along, and I came to one of the scenes that I thought might read too slow and need to be taken out. However, certain aspects of the scene need to be in the story, or else it messes up certain other events, which in turn...well, you get the idea. So I had to ditch part of the scene and keep part of it. Which parts did I keep? The beginning and the ending. But I couldn't just rip out the middle and then put the beginning and ending together like the two heels on a loaf of bread. Two heels doth not a sandwich make. So I needed something in between them to bind them together. I thought on this problem for about two days--days I really couldn't afford to spend not doing any editing. Last night I sat down and worked on line edits on the first part of the scene, which led into new material that completely surprised me.

I didn't know the POV character was going to do what she did! I was writing it and going "WTF?" So now she figures out something that I didn't know she was going to figure out, and surprise, surprise: it actually makes her role just that much more active. But now she not only knows something I didn't know she knew, but she wants to get a message to her people so that they will find out what she knows as well. Problem: I'm not sure how she's going to get this message out. She's not near a body of water into which she can toss a message in a bottle... Oh, wait! I've just figured it out. I know how she does it! Now why didn't I think of that before? Just like that, in the middle of the darned blog, I figured it out. Maybe I should blog more often.

I know that last part was probably incomprehensible to anyone who actually bothers to read this thing, but...let's just put it this way. Eureka! Problem solved. Gotta write; catch you later!

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