Missing Scenes

I’ve read through my WIP (the half I have written of it thus far) and realized I had some missing scenes to make sense of my external conflict. I’ve added a scene here and there. I really think they add a lot to the whole storyline so I’m pretty excited. You’re probably wondering why I bothered to go back and read it and add scenes if the book itself isn’t complete. Part of the reason, the conflict is pretty complicated and needs to have a solid foundation before I move forward. The other part? I’m terrified of moving forward.

AHA! The truth comes out. Tell me, please, why are middles so hard? *sigh* I feel a nervous tick coming on every time I open the Word Doc. I know where it’s headed, but the very idea of being so close makes my palms sweaty. And ewww… its so not fun to write with sweaty palms.

I’m pushing forward. I miss my CPs who’ve both kind of been really busy lately. They always made me feel somewhat in control. But I’m pushing along. I’ll be ok. Right? RIGHT? *ahem* Sorry, didn’t mean to freak you out with my panic attack there.

Let’s go on to our DWQ, shall we? We’re on #6 I believe! Woohoo!! This one goes out to Cora Zane, who seems to be enjoying them! 🙂

Lord! when you sell a man a book you don’t sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night – there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book. ~Christopher Morley

This quote hit particularly close to home because I write fantasies and sci-fis mostly. Books in which you really do create a new heaven and earth, and have to make the reader believe it. Sure, they know it’s fake, but can they suspend reality long enough to find the love and friendship and humor in the book? Do they forget, even if only for a second, that these characters aren’t real? That’s a sign that you’ve created a good book.

Ok. I just got struck with an awesome idea for my WIP. Let me go. Strike while the iron’s hot, you know?

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2 responses to “Missing Scenes

  1. Middles. Ack! That’s my hard part too. Many a novel has fallen apart on my comp due to soggy middle structure. In my own case, more often than not I’ve not plotted thoroughly enough: I have a hard shell beginning and sturdy ending, but have not paced properly how to get from point A to point B. Or, I am trying to draw out a story that only has enough key elements to fill a shorter length.

    I do go and “patch fill” on my wips just like you said though. I do that up until the very final draft. I don’t even know why I do it. Just some chapters come easier than others I guess.

    Either way, I’m behind you rah-rahing! *pom swish* If you need someone to crack the whip just give me a shout. 😉 lol

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