This thing happened last night. This thing is actually what is known in the biz as “Beginning a New Scene,” and it should have went off without a hitch–
But you know that’s not gonna be the case. Not with me.
I run into this all the time. I know what I’m going to write, because I’ve already went over this scene in my head probably eight or nine times. Sometimes I’ll even say the parts out loud, because that’s the sort of crazy person I am, where I’ll act it out because–why not? Who doesn’t talk to themselves all the time when they’re at work and they’re working on scenes while they should be, you know, doing something else.
I’ve got it all down in my head, and then . . . it’s time to write all the descriptions need to bring the scene into focus. Which I normally don’t have a problem with, but when I’m starting everything up–
It doesn’t come out right. It comes out slowly. It comes out in spurts. I comes out feeling like I’m missing something.
I managed about six hundred an thirty words all in all, getting the next breakfast scene rolling. I’m usually like that at the start, and tonight I’ll read over it again and probably redo some of it before launching off into the new stuff. That’s when my chaperon, Ms. Rutherford, pretty much throws shade as some of her charges–which you would think is something she wouldn’t do in front of another student, but Annie ain’t just “another student.” (I was told by my fourteen year old daughter that none of the cool kids ever say, “throw shade”, and that she’d never heard of the term until I asked her about it. I’m just being a proto-hipster here, yo.)
Besides, like a lot of my scenes, nothing really gets started until the first thousand words are out of the way. There’s always the set up, the build, and then I launch into the goods. The real business starts when Annie is getting ready to lay down the law to everyone else, and Kerry pops out of the lift–then I get going. Then I know what’s going to happen, and there shouldn’t be any hesitation in getting it done.
This is nothing new: it’s all been there, done that about fifty or sixty times since the story started. And since I’m in rebuilt mode right now, I’m working hard to get things right. Essentially I’m taking three scenes, completely scraping two of them, writing a new one to replace the first and rewriting the third with parts of the second scene to make it seem more interesting. It’s a bit of a detour, because I should be a few tens of thousand of words into Act Two right now.
Getting this stuff right in the first part is more important, however. Particularly if I want to polish this up and publish it while I’m still finishing the novel–
Wait–did I just say that?