Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
- Napoleon

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Eureka!

I finally figured out what the problem was with Part Two of Blink! It sucked! Yay me!

Actually, since I tweaked Part One, Two was even more sucky by comparison. Thank goodness I saw how bad it stunk before I sent it out for submission. Egads.

But seriously, Part Two was giving me problems because there were such glaring inconsistencies in the story. Too many unanswered questions; too many gaps in the world-building. I mean, if there were a technologically advanced Utopic society for Mary to discover, why in the name of all that's sacred wouldn't they have eradicated the bad guys decades before the beginning of the story??? If I have to send my MC out into the wasteland, it has to be a real wasteland. There can't be a yellow-brick road leading to a magic land that's afraid of the wicked witch, so to speak. They'd kick the witch's ass. If you had the means to stop oppression, wouldn't you kick some dictatorship ass??

So I have to make Mary's life difficult again. She's up to the challenge. So am I.

Tonight I blew away almost 18K words. (Don't worry. I never completely delete anything. It's on the cutting-room floor, but the pieces are still there for posterity.) After I deleted it, I began the rebuild. I have the majority of it plotted out in a skeleton sort of way, and I've already written 445 new words.

To be honest, I've really never had to do this before. Should be an interesting learning experience. Wish me success. (After all, luck is what you make of it.)

Now, off to the quarry.

4 comments:

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

It sounds as if you're on the road to success without any wishes being needed, as a result of your own perseverance and perspicacity - so let me wish for you that the road is smooth and the way ahead clear.

K.Imaginelli said...

i loved this post, b.e. i usually dread revision, but i love those moments when i recognize a problem AND can see how to fix it.

hope the revising's going well!

spyscribbler said...

18,000 words! You are brave! Very brave! Yay for you!

Edie said...

Congratulations, Beth! I've done this too, ripped out the entire middle of a book and rewrote it. I was very proud of the book when I finished. And I felt proud of myself for doing it.