Journal of a Writer – May 26th 2014

May 26th 2014

Rewrites are hard. It’s simple, drafts are drafts, and rewrites can range from tweaking words here and there to changing entire threads of storyline. These last few chapters of The Flight of Torque are giving me problems because the changes I’ve made so far have been significant. In the last three chapters I wrote a character into the scenes that wasn’t there before. In this scene she has a major role but because of the changes I made in the last three scenes there is no way she could physically be present in this scene. The trouble is, I really enjoy this scene the way it stands.

I hate reading a scene, loving it, and knowing that I (might) have to discard it completely because I can’t make it work with the direction the story has now taken. Do you see that niggling (might)? That’s where it hurts. It’s this uncertainty that frustrates me the most. Have I made the right decision in this latest change? It’s not too late to backtrack and try again in a new direction. I could keep this scene as is and retract the changes I made to the last three chapters or I could kill my darlings and sacrifice this scene. Which path is the right one to take at this stage?

It’s times like this when I need to read forward and focus on my outline. How will the story continue to unfold from this point. Which change will prove most effective in the larger picture of the book as a whole. Right now I’m too close to it to judge. So I’ll read on for now and come back to this scene when I’ve made a decision.

OMG! OMG!!! I just had a wave of inspiration. You know, you have to trust the muse and the characters to come to the rescue at some point. I’m absolutely certain this scene as it stands must go. But there are parts of this scene that I can keep and move to a later scene. I can see it working in my mind and it leads to an even more powerful conclusion. Now, of course, I have to write it.

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Rebecca Laffar-Smith

Rebecca Laffar-Smith is a publisher, children's writer, and novelist. In 2010 she gave up a successful 12-year freelance career to focus on her three loves; family, community, and fiction. She self-published her debut novel The Flight of Torque in June 2014 and the first three titles in the P.I. Penguin series in from Aulexic in May 2015. At The Craft of Writing Fiction, Rebecca shares her journey of creation and learning with readers. She loves getting to know her fellow readers and writers and can be contacted through Twitter and Facebook, or Email.