Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Change of Direction

One of the interesting things about being in the middle of the process of writing a story is that sometimes things change. You have a general idea of your story, you are working away at it, you reach a certain point, and then suddenly you have a completely new idea come up as to where to take it. Usually the second idea is better than the first.

Sometimes it can be really frustrating because to follow that second direction may mean undoing a lot that you have already written. That's where the writer almost always ends up doing this mental cost-benefit analysis as to whether or not the second idea is so clearly superior to the first that it's worth going back and undoing what has already been done. Sometimes it isn't.

In this case, the second idea stands head and shoulders above the original, and fortunately it won't require the removal of much that has already been done. The only worry is whether or not I will be able to keep the 5000 word cap. I think I can, and it's definately worth the effort to try. It will add more dialogue to the story. Actually, it will practically use dialogue to carry the story. I think it will work though. And if I do exceed the word cap, I can always hold on to the story to market it elsewhere.

The firs thing is to just write the story, see what I've got, and go from there.

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