Jan. 14th, 2015

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As I mentioned the other day, I've reached Act II in MoulderingBook. (I'm using Blake Snyder's Save the Cat structure for this book, and it's working nicely so far). Act II ("The main character makes a choice and the journey begins; a strong, definite change of playing field",) puts me at the point where I introduce the 'B Story' ("Often the 'love' story; gives us a break from the tension of the A story; carries theme of story; often uses new 'funhouse' version of characters.")

What with reaching the 20K word mark, and the end of my current sparkly purple notebook, I find myself facing the conundrum of whether this is a good point at which to stop and type up what I've written.

Hmmm.

There are pros and cons.

Pros:

1. I'm starting to get a little paranoid that sparkly purple is the only version of the story I have (you can't save a hand-written draft to a datastick!)

2. This might be a good point to revisit what I've written so far, to pick up on threads I might have forgotten about, and polish the text a little.

3. It'll be a whole lot easier to use the 'Find' version in WORD than flicking through endless handwritten pages next time I want to check how many piglets Master Doubleday's prize sow has.

Cons:

1. I may well be falling into the trap of miring myself in endlessly working the first 20K words, as opposed to making forward progress.

2. There isn't a 2. or a 3. Number 1 covers the entirely of the Cons.

As I said — hmmm — It's a tricky one. So tricky in fact that rather than make a decision about it yesterday, I decided to read some Joanne Harris short stories instead. Procrastinating? Moi?

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