Saturday, May 3, 2008

Perhaps that splatter graphic will explain how my rewrite goes. And why I've been a bit of a stranger, blog-wise.

Still, it's necessary. One of my characters *had* to change motivation. She goes from hanging on in the periphery to being right up front in the action. She has good reasons to show up where and when she does. To do the things I wanted her to.

Of course, she also has good reasons to go off the reservation on me. Her acting in her own best interests is having bigger consequences than I thought. Oddly, she gets more and more with the rest of the program in the second half of Act II. But changing this one subplot turns out to be a bigger deal than I thought.

While looking for that bloody splatter, I found this little gem:


Enjoy!

6 comments:

cs harris said...

I'm still rewriting, too. My 200 pages has expanded to 300, which means I need to seriously cut what i had planned for the rest of the book! I HATE rewriting.

Lisa said...

I'd wondered what happened to you and suspected you were in the throes of a rewrite. I think I'm going to have to temporarily go off the grid for a while too. Sounds like you found your way.

Glad things are going well.

Charles Gramlich said...

Love that poster. I want one of those. Going to copy and save that one.

eliza said...

I'm 36k into my book's rewrite. About eight thousand words ago, my villain killed a character I was going to use later. And it was completely necessary. I was in shock for two days afterward. I had liked that guy...

Avery DeBow said...

I think that first picture sums up many a rewrite of mine.

That second one, though, that one made my spine crawl.

Steve Malley said...

CS, The sound of my screams echo through the dark and cavernous halls of my Secret Headquarters!

Lisa, I may end up off the grid longer than I thought-- just found out I have to reformat my laptop or buy a new one...

Charles, it *is* a dilly, ain't it!

Eliza, I hate to lose the likeable ones. Ah, how they suffer for our art!

Avery, my sympathies. I left BIll Clinton in charge...