Thursday, March 25, 2010


I am making progress slowly. Progress is slow.

But it's progress. No going backwards. I'm adding a scene to my book that was missing. It's obvious how missing it was, and I understand the changes that need to happen in that scene but not the actions. So I'm working on it. I'm freewriting, and wandering, and collecting web detritus, and today I wrote a bridge leading up to the scene.

The challenge is that I've given my character a challenge. I'm making her come up with an awesome plan . . . which means I have to come up with something awesome for her to come up with, and when I think about it that way, it makes perfect sense that it takes time.

I'm making my character work, so I have to work. Fair enough. And she'll be better for having to take some strong action at this point in the story.

I wish wish wish it wasn't taking me so long to revise this book, but it is. It does. Take time. Deal with it.


Roland D. Yeomans said...

I was just blog-surfing when I came across your post.

You know the change you need to happen in your character but not the action that shapes that change. How did a similar change happen to you? I bet it was gradual ... not just one moment in time.

Perhaps instead of one scene, you need to add progressive moments of stirrings in your character in preceding chapters, leading to that awakening moment when your character realizes who she has become and who she once was.

Just a thought.

If you like, you might visit my blog : WRITING IN THE CROSSHAIRS {}, a blog of another writer struggling to become published.

Good fortune to your writing. A fellow pilgrim, Roland

Noura said...


Rachel Wilson said...

Thanks for visiting, Roland! And for the thoughts.