Nov. 28th, 2014

jennygordon: (Magpie)
Sometimes, these 50-Word Vignettes arrive in my head in nice, neat packages of more-or-less 50 words exactly, and hence require only a little fiddling to reduce them to the precise 50-word requirement. More rarely, as with this week's, there's more of a story itching to be told, and I have to wrangle it into that 50-word package. For the first time, I found this a frustrating exercise. This vignette really wanted to be longer. However, it's all good practice in being economical with my words. And after all, maybe one day this little tale will have it's chance to become something bigger.

50-Word Vignette #12

Prompt: Thief

I keep it hidden in a jar on the topmost shelf, but I see it in my prematurely white hair; in the knots that marr my aching hands. Sixty days ago, my then-nimble fingers swiped it. A year for each of those days it has stolen from my cursed life.


Anybody else like to join in and write their own? Just post it in the comments. All welcome.
jennygordon: (Froud - Wood Woman)
I think I've taken a wrong turn in MoulderingBook (formerly known as AutumnBook).

I found myself too early to depart for work yesterday morning, so I plunked myself down on the stairs and used the spare ten minutes to think about MoulderingBook, and the next scene I would be writing. I'd been feeling a little squirmy about it, the way I do when something's not quite right, and I realised as I sat there on the stairs that I may have mis-stepped.

Um ... quite significantly.

The problem has to do with the focus of the book, I think. I'm around 18K into an envisaged 90K story, and I've yet to introduce a key element (a particular house and its family). Which is fine to an extent, because that house and the family are the mystery the MC has to encounter, become involved in, and then solve, and there's ground to lay before she arrives at that point. Hence the 18K words to date have been concerned with the MC's arrival in the nearby village, and discovery of 'something weird' about the place, and introduction of significant village characters.

Part of my plan was that she would befriend a group of local youths, who would tell her what the older generation are too afraid to speak of, which will lead to her entering the Main Mystery Story.

However. Hmm. However.

I'm now wondering if I should shift my focus and concentrate less on the MC befriending the local youths, and devote more space, and from an earlier stage, to the significant house and its family. Also, there are a goodly number of members of that family, and I don't want to overburden my story with lots more characters if the local youths would be better relegated to more secondary roles.

The more I think about it, the more it feels like I'm right. Moreover, I can't just write forward from this point, merrily pretending all is well and that I'll fix it in the next pass, because my brain doesn't work like that. Besides, the alteration in focus is too significant.

Which means ... yep ... rewriting those 18K words at this stage.

Rats!

I find comfort in the fact that I'm not alone. Maggie Stiefvater refers to the 10-15K words stretch as "The Slow Realisation that You Did Indeed Write Crap Phase". I'm not feeling that my 15K words are crap, or not entirely at least. However, I think I'm at what Maggie calls "The Rematch Phase", which is to say the point at which I need to revisit, rework and rearrange the first 0-15K words.

Yeah, I think I'm due a rematch.

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