We Interrupt This Program

For a MUCH NEEDED plot break.

Out of nowhere, HE joined the party. A new, extremely intriguing character who changed everything. This was Tuesday and I was all kinds of excited. Then today, I hit a wall. Thought I’d veered too far off course. My critique partner called, got me to spill the problem and got worked up because she thinks new plot twist is wicked cool. Mr. New Kid changed everything, but he also pulled in threads I’d worried would be very hard in rewrites.

So, just as always, halfway into book, it’s time to pull out the handy-dandy white board!

(Poe immediately jumped in to help!)

Within a couple of hours, it only looked like this. There is actually more written, but it’s not up yet.

The white board w/colored Post-It sheets is a magical combination. It starts out so hard, makes you feel you have a lump of scenes that will never make sense. Then you move them around, see what’s missing by the lack of color here and there. Slowly, but surely, it comes together.

I now know what scenes to write tomorrow. And the next day. And the next. I know what I’ll need to go back and trickle in. Every time I hit this wall, I just need to remember to step back and go over the entire story on little pieces of colored paper. <G>

So word count today a little dismal at 1k. But important work done, so it’s great!

Don’t forget to check out my CP, Rachel Vincent, to see how she’s doing this month. She’s ahead of me in word count, but has a “REAL” deadline to hit, too. (I LONG for real deadlines–crave them. I work well under pressure. <G>)


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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One Response to We Interrupt This Program

  1. Tez Miller says:

    Poe is SO FREAKING ADORABLE in that photo! Hopefully he didn’t mess up the order of your plot points 😉

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