If onlys

While writing the last novel, I kept having to move events out. In the very, very rough outline, event A would occur in chapter 4. But more stuff kept happening to the characters and to the story that I would need to write about, and I’d be lucky to get event A into chapter 5, more likely into chapter 6.

When I was writing this novel and typing straight into the computer, I kept waiting for the event pushing to happen. It never did. In fact, I ended up cutting out a chapter because the damn book kept shrinking, not growing.

Now I know it’s the process. By switching back to the old process (hand writing then typing) events are pushing out and the book is growing in a really good way.

It makes me shudder to think about how much rewriting and filling in I’m going to have to do. And I can’t stop the if-onlys — if only I hadn’t tried a new process, or realized it was failing earlier. Then maybe I wouldn’t be contemplating redrafting chapters 1-9 of a 15 chapter book.

Other than that, things are good. How are you?

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