<$Susan Goodwill$>

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Plot Gifts and a Veggie Wash-Don't Ask Me Why

I'm about halfway through writing book number two in the Kate London Mystery Series. At least writing the s**tty first draft portion as Annie Lamott calls it in her fabulous book on writing and life: Bird by Bird.
I'm trying to keep my hands off the draft and get through to the end before I diddle with it much. I find that if I allow myself to just show up and write, sometimes the stuff that feels like crap when I write it has the kernel of some wonderful magic gift that makes the writing and the story better than what I originally planned.
It is hard not to diddle because I'm a craft geek and want every scene tweaked and sparkling before I move along.
And I'm also a plot geek-so I need to tweak that part once in a while or I could end up in a blind alley with pieces that don't fit together in the puzzle-plot. And in a mystery-those pieces have to fit. And fit well.
A technique I am using today is to summarize each scene I have so far with one or two lines. This way I can get a feel for where I have been and where I am going and uncover any "gifts" in the draft that might lead me to better places than I was going in the first place.
Wish me luck!

Oh and Totally Unrelated to Anything: here's a tip I read this this week in "Bottom Line."
To remove pesticides and wax from fruits and vegetables: In a bowl or basin, mix four tablespoons table salt, four teaspoons lemon juice, and a quart of cool water. Soak fruits and veggies five to ten minutes. Exceptions: Soak leafy greens for two to three minutes-- berries, one to two minutes. After soaking rinse in plain cold water and dry.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wishing you skill.

I'm on the 3,157th draft of my fourth novel (all unpublished). Maybe I'll learn how to write some day.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006  

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