Got the first five chapters done yesterday. Actually it was pretty easy.
For those who don't know my book is about two boys who find a time-travel enabling pocket watch, only to lose it to Professor Ferguson, who is bent on changing the past and altering the present.
The first five chapters are pretty much set up and the finding of the watch, and there weren't a lot of notes from Special Agent CB, which is cool. Now the hard part begins.
And it always starts with a "What if you did..." fill in the blanks.
Personally, I think this is where the writer's creativity comes into play the most. How can you take what you've already pictured, and add or change that picture pretty radically? This is where the wheat is separated from the bread, or whatever. Do you have what it takes to pull that part out of your story and give it a twist and then put it flawlessly back into the story? It's not carved in stone - it's not like someone saying to Michelangelo that David's penis is too small - you need to buff it up some. It's a fluid process whereby you trust your agent to know what it takes to get editor's attention, and you do it without re-writing the thing entirely or losing what it means to you.
It's tricky. Can you do it?
OF COURSE YOU CAN! DUH! Read the title of the blog!!! :)
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