Writing Wednesday: So Maybe I Should Break My Story Into Scenes

Last Week’s Goals

My blog posts made it out on schedule, and I didn’t have any stories return from market, so they’re all out there as they should be.

My next scheduled release day is March 18th. The story will be  “Getting Personal”, which I have barely started to prepare for publication. I still need to create a cover and format the manuscript, so I had best get to it.

I wrote on six days last week, and finished the revision round I’ve been on for Swordsmaster #2. I made my daily quota on three days, and also made my weekly quota with 3,588 words of fiction. Swordsmaster #2’s draft sits at 103,515 words.

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This Old Dog Tries Something New

Now that I’ve finished the latest revision on Swordsmaster #2, I’m going to try a new approach (new to me, anyway) that I learned last week during ProWritingAid’s Fantasy Writers’ Week event.

Savannah Gilbo gave a talk on How to Write Compelling Scenes. She presented  a lot of good information on the creation of scenes themselves, but what was particularly interesting to me was the advantage of writing your manuscript in scenes rather than in chapters.

One of the stalling points I’ve experienced in Swordsmaster #2 has been my attempt to organize the storySwordsmaster4 in chapters as I go. That worked miraculously well when I wrote the original Swordsmaster, but as I’ve mentioned before, I spent close to forty years with that story building and refining itself in my head before it finally came out on the page. Even if I count all the time from after I published the original, Swordsmaster #2 has only had a scant 2-1/2 years to mature in my head and on the page. It may be that the “ease” with which the plot came together on Swordsmaster was due to that aging process (there was DECADES of thinking in there), but I don’t have that kind of time left to work on this one – especially if I intend a Swordsmaster #3 as well. My unexplainable health and longevity may still make me seem immortal, but another forty years would put me past a century. I’m not sure I will have THAT much time, so if the Swordsmasters are to continue, ‘twere best they were done quickly.

Trying to build a new way is always a bit trepidatious. I’m forever a PANTSER, and I do not do well when it comes to trying anything formulaic. It’s not just in writing – I’ve tried to learn to juggle, but doing it properly requires an ability to consistently perform same action over and over again – I’m more improvisational – my hands go where the balls take me. My stories tend to do the same.

Well, old dog, new tricks? We’ll see if breaking this one up into scenes works to bring it in.

Just saying…

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Reaching Out

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