Category Archives: Dirty Dozen

Redux: Day 9

I had a good writing day.  I worked from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., cleaning up pages, fixing errors, and adding layers to the characters.  

When I picked the girls up at school, Coco ran to me and promptly wiped out on the sidewalk. If it had been a baseball game, she would have been sliding into home. For two weeks, I’ve said it was time for new shoes. After today’s blowout, it was a safety issue.  We drove to Payless for sneakers.

I’d planned to write for another hour, but it didn’t happen.  I’ll pick it up again tomorrow morning.

Redux: Day 8

I fixed yesterday’s problem by adding half a page where the heroine confirms to the other characters exactly what she’s been thinking.  The reader has it figured out already, but the hero hasn’t.  When he does, he gets mad.

I took some time off today to look around at Antique Rose Emporium. I go every few months, just to look around.  Today, the musk roses were blooming, and they smelled wonderful.

Dancing With the Stars is on. That buys me more writing time this evening. I’ll never get the girls to bed tonight. When I do, Cherry and Coco will be jitterbugging in their sleep.

Later: Coco called it the jigglebug.

Redux: Day 7

I had a hard time getting started this morning, so Bacon took the girls and I to brunch. I came home and worked from noon until 4:00.  That was when I got to a note in the middle of page six that said TRANSITION. Usually, this means I add a few lines to get from Point A to Point B.  

Not this time. I didn’t agree with the thing the character was getting ready to do, so I went to the supermarket.  I came home an hour later with groceries. Then, I sat down again and read the end of the scene.  I have two choices:

  1. Write the scene the way I planned, adding two lines of transition connecting Point A with Point B.
  2. Rewrite the last three pages to reflect how I believe the heroine would really react after surviving the first 2/3 of the story.

Hmm. I guess I’ll be working on these pages again tomorrow.


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