Pesky Varmints

Posted by on Apr 10, 2011 in General Chaos | 3 comments

I’ve been plugging up a rather large plot hole in Broods this weekend. In the process of hole plugging, I had to rewrite one full chapter, and parts of four others. It occurred to me while I was doing this that there was another problem, so I started fixing that too. Ten hours of work later, I have only a couple hundred new words. Frustrating barely begins to describe my weekend so far.

I know they say you should just write the whole story out and fix the problems later, but I just can’t make myself do it. If I know there is something to fix, I have to go back and fix it! I am so distracted by the knowledge of the problem that writing new words becomes impossible. The good news is that with this plot hole taken care of and the subsequent chapters fixed up, I’m liking the flow of the story much more.

Honestly, I could be delaying the ending just a little bit, because I still don’t know what’s going to happen. I’ve got my heroes all set up to go confront the bad guys, but I just can’t figure out what should happen. At this point, it’s nerve-wracking.

-C

3 Comments

  1. I’m of the firm belief that what works for one author won’t for another. If fixing those holes works for you, then do it. (And you’re not alone. I do it too if there’s a scene that really bugs me.)

  2. So true Nicole! It’s just a matter of figuring out what works for each of us that’s the trouble, right? 🙂

    To me, it actually seems like every story happens in its own way. The writing of my current WIP has progressed differently than the previous one.

  3. If you discover the holes before you’re done, I think you have to fix them…otherwise, how do we discovery writers move on?

    I saw your Tweet on -8 words, btw. It made me feel oddly empowered to keep writng. 😉

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