Slice and dice, baby!

I’m re-reading the first draft of my second book now, and a suspicion is confirmed: I believe that I have a lot of cutting to do. I don’t think that the story really starts until about half-way through, but there are a lot of scenes that I really like in the first half of the book. The refrain “kill your darlings!” keeps echoing around my head.

Having never really done it before, this is the way I’m preparing to slice and dice: As I write, I’m writing a number (1) and a short title of what or where the scene is (“Suite,” for example, or, “Meets Doug”). I’m fairly confident that I’ll remember which ones I like but be able to kill them if they are rendered unnecessary. Fairly confident… 🙂

After everything is read and beautifully numbered and titled, I will switch those sections around like a puzzle. And some of those puzzle pieces will probably include new titles like, “New Scene in the Library,” or “The Rest of Everything.”

This should prove to be interesting. Once I’ve got the front half in order, I have faith that the back half will come.

PS- I just read Stephen King’s book On Writing, and it was awesome. I was so encouraged. I sometimes feel like an inferior writer because I’m not a plotter (although from my latest project, it looks like a little post-first-draft plotting may be incorporated), and guess what-he’s not a plotter either! And he takes short amounts of time on first drafts! Of course, he also writes all day… but you know, I’m getting there. 🙂 Anyway, it was a great read and highly recommended. Especially good if you’re a pantser.

PPS- I woke up this morning and one of my eyes was red.  Pink Eye? Allergies? 6-month-old contacts that are only supposed to be in for 3 weeks? No matter the reason, I’m wearing glasses today. I have an eye doctor appointment on Thursday.

My Shakes kids keep telling me I look like Harry Potter. *sigh*

Lucky 7 Meme (or… 7 paragraphs from Bleeder 2!)

Oo! EB Pike tagged me in this Lucky 7 meme!

I don’t know what a meme is, but here are the rules:

1) Go to page 7 or 77 from your current WIP (that’s “work in progress.”)

2) Go to line 7

3) Copy down the next 7 lines- sentences or paragraphs- and post them as they’re written. No cheating!

4) Tag 7 authors

5) Let them know

Bleeder is done until an agent or editor gets his or her hands on it. Here are 7 paragraphs from the 7th page of Bleeder 2. Keep in mind that this is total first draft stuff! Never once been edited! So it definitely isn’t my best! And don’t worry, it will someday have a better name than Bleeder 2. That’s just what I’m calling it for now.  *All shaky and nervous* *or maybe it’s just the coffee I had for lunch.* *This is like exposing a raw nerve.* Ok, here goes…

 

“We fell asleep…” she said, “watching a movie…”

He nodded once, face unreadable. “Ok.”

Auger’s hawklike gaze fixed her. “Thought we’d let the kid have a little fun,” he said, his eyes showing a fierce amusement.

Angela shook her head and yawned. “You might have to step in and save his life now.”

“Kenneth!” the old man took a few steps toward the other room. “Leave him alone! And sit down for heaven’s sake. What the hell does ‘limited physical activity’ mean to you?”

Kenneth straightened up as he walked out of the second bedroom and into the common room, still favoring his left side. Edan darted out behind him and bounded onto a couch, crouched in a corner, still grinning ear-to-ear. The couches were in an “L” shape around a coffee table. There was an armchair, too, and each seating space had a view of the front door.

Kenneth sat in the other corner of Edan’s couch and tried to look nonchalant, but the pain was evident on his face. Running after the younger boy was the most he’d moved since he’d been helped into the van outside the hospital. The guys wouldn’t even let him carry stuff into the hotel room. His helplessness was killing him.

 

So that’s it. Go here if you want to see what Bleeder‘s about, and go here if you want to see what everybody looks like. I promise the writing is better. 🙂

Time to choose 7 authors. Here goes!

Scott J. Clemons

karmicangel

Molly Spring

Ryan M. Murphy

Amanda Leigh

Ash Silverlock

Belle DiMonte