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June 21st, 2015

12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Sat, 14:13: WOMAN. SET YOUR DAMN SCENES. YOUR AUDIENCE IS NOT MADE UP OF MIND READERS. #amediting
  • Sat, 14:17: Actually, #amtakingadamnbreak right now, if burning 250 calories on a stationary bike can be called a "break."
  • Sun, 00:07: One of my favorite roleplay moments was Ben calling a bad guy a "mimsy bastard" in a thread stuffed with Alice in Wonderland references.
  • Sun, 09:32: Hey, @amazon, I sent this package back to you on the 1st. Sure would be nice if you sent me an email from an addy I could actually REPLY to.

08:21 pm
*beats this scene to DEATH*

There is a rule: If your characters need to be out of character for your scene to work, then your scene doesn't work.

So, this scene probably needs to be excised altogether. There is no earthly reason my bad guys would stick Ben in a cage rather than just strap him to a table out of hand.

...but I like this scene. It serves the purpose of introducing us to a new character and cementing the assholery of an old one so we don't feel bad when Ben eats him. The new character has a starting point for growth, as well, here, and I'm not sure how I shoehorn that into the next scene where he actually is strapped to the table.

I realize that I Am The Writer and I should thus know how to do this, and I should probably just Sit Down And Do It, but OH GOD WHAT WAS I THINKING.

Kill your darlings.

09:07 pm
They say writing is a solitary pursuit...

And so it is. Except when it's not, and you bounce things off another person...

And that other person comes up with an absolutely brilliant way to make the scene you were just tearing your hair out about actually work.

This right here is why my wonderful husband is getting the book dedication. He's not a writer, and not even really a reader (of fiction), but he can still come up with fixes for my knotty plot problems.