Set Piece


Great- how do you follow that act?

I don’t know if the chapter is done.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been putting a push on with my writing in pursuit of the impossible goal of finishing a draft of my novel by the end of the summer. Impossible because I’d need to turn out about thirty seven pages a week in order to meet that goal and I work full time. Having tv’s goal has helped me up my average, though: I used to complete about ten pages in a week and now I’m closer to fifteen. So it’s progress. And I say “complete” ten pages, not “write” ten pages, because large portions of this story is already written and just needs to be cut and set like the beautiful, rare diamond that I’m sure it is.

But I’m temporarily stumped: once again, I had great momentum for a few chapters because I was working on a big set piece: an arc of three orfor chalets that just meet its resolution. Which is great: I love it, but the final song-and-dance scene comes to such an abrupt end that I’m not sure whether to dvd the chapter early (after only six pages) or to try to tack on a coda to address some smaller story elements that need to be set up for later. Is a six page chapter a cop out way of “finishing” another chapter quickly just to keep up appearances? Or would it be ham handed to try to stuff more story in just for the sake of page count?

I don’t have this problem when the chapter runs long.

At any rate, that’s the current problem that I’m solving. I’ll give it a day or two and see if anything falls into place. Maybe I just need to give it time.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on July 18, 2018.

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