Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Where We Are

As you might have read in a previous post, I am at the beginning of my novel. I have been involved in a flurry of note-taking and writing my scenes out of order and simply mining what I saw in my mind's eye for more information. Capturing images and dialogue before they disappeared, whether or not they make sense to me in the overall picture. These were the clues I had to go on.

Now, my instincts have told me that I need to finish cutting and streamlining the first scene. Actually, as I write this, I am just about done doing this. The collection of thoughts and dialogue needed to be honed with all of the ideas I've had swirling around, so that I can move on to the next scene, which is also partially written. I need to start feeling forward motion and continuity. I need new excitement to build as even newer things are discovered.

I am also ignoring any notion of this scene being perfect. It's enough now that it leads me to the next scene. I know that so many things will change; it's useless to wallow in details right now. As long as the scene serves its purpose to move along the characters and story, that will be enough.

This is where I am. Listening and scribbling and needing to move forward. I want to cross that First Threshold. I want the rollercoaster cars to crest and start the plunge down the first hill! Here's to wind in the hair!

Where are you in your story?

Hugs, C

4 Comments:

Blogger Jennifer Elbaum said...

I'm not on the roller coaster. I'm on the tilt-a-whirl, going round and round and spinning all at the same time and I'm so dizzy I want to puke, but it's okay I've got a deadline of Friday, so the ride is almost over.

Grit your teeth, release the safety brake and fly! You're ready Cyndi!

5:07 PM  
Blogger Beth Ciotta said...

Sounds like you're making progress,C. Go, go, go! Here when you need me. :) Being able to move on when you know a scene is less than perfect is tough. For me anyway. But it must be done! Press on, my friend. The story will change as you go anyway. LOL When you DO go back you'll have a better/deeper understanding of what the passage needs. The 'perfect' words will come. As for me. I'm in two places. Two stories. One at the very beginning. One--three chapters in. As soon as the synop is written on the former, I'll concentrate on the latter! That's the plan anyway. :)

9:09 PM  
Blogger Bethany said...

I'm on the Octopus ride. Rewriting almost everything.

Gotta love it..... [hysterical laughter]

12:20 AM  
Blogger Cyn said...

Thanks for checking in, guys! It's so cool to take a moment to see where we all are in our stories. Gives us some perspective, I think.

I look forward to hearing where you all are again soon!

Hang on!

Hugs, C

9:14 AM  

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