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Hmm. . . I don't remember that twist

It's always fun when you get really into the groove in a story and then you realize you've completely wandered away from the pitch you sold the story with. That brings up an interesting dilemma, do I stay with the last couple of chapters which are working real well (considering I'm up against a time crunch), OR do I go back in and revise at least one chapter to get this back on track with the original proposal that the editor approved.

Yes, I know stories wander all the time, but this is a serious wander. Now, it's a good wander and it opens up an interesting side plot that I only thought of once I started writing this thing. If I put some thought to it, I can probably find a way to curve the rabbit path and bring this section of the story mostly back onto the original path.

The question is, how much of my writing time is it going to take to rewrite this chapter.


Lesson learned? Don't trust your memory when trying to remember what you put in the proposal, White. Go back, read it and refresh your memory.

Tomorrow night is likely to be very busy.

Words for Today

1564 / 1000 words. 156%

Progress on SG-1: Shadows of the Heart

32042 / 100000 words. 32%

Words for 2009

24488 / 365000 words. 7%


( 2 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Feb. 26th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
Well, granted that I'm nothing resembling a professional writer, but is it an option to run the new idea by your editor and get his/her feedback?
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
I have that problem when I pitch screenplays.

The original idea is what I'm trying to sell and based on the screenplay I wrote, but I often decide I have a better story to tell when I edit, and things change and I wonder which is better: the idea they're interested in, or the one that evolved.

You are really cranking on that novel. :)
( 2 howls — Howl with the Pack )

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