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I have reached the point in the draft where it becomes painfully evident to me just how much work I need to do in the next draft.

Also, I've filled up 66 pages longhand since September 3rd. It would have been nice if this book would have consented to be typed.

At least it's consenting, though.

Very weird: I have no feel for the structure of this book, or its arc. Mostly, I feel at this point that I'm just filling in plot and theme and characterization until I meander to the place I have arbitrarily designated as A Good Stopping Spot. I wonder if this is the problem with having the thematic elements of a novel show up first?

Lo, recalcitrant book.

At least it has fire ants.

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ow. ow. ow.
Ah, (she said, calling up her technical knowledge) A squid book.
Exactly.

It's giving me fits. And also, the wiggins. :-P

I would like to write inside my comfort zone for a while.
Or Fire Island Aunts, who are the same thing, only male, and have feather boas.
You just made me giggle tea from the first cup of tea I've ever been forced to consume, all over the monitor and my glasses.

Thereby delaying the inevitable and dreaded time of consumption as I go get things to wipe it up with, so go you. :->
I'm wondering just what day it was that the fire ants made their first appearance in your fevered imagination?

I bought my house in June 2004, and the first fire ant invasion inside the house happened a little less than two weeks ago.

Coincidence?????

:-)
Actually, they're a shout-out to jmeadows, whose recommendation, whenever anybody gets stuck for a plot point, is "Fire ants!" *g*
katallen says the book is done when looking at it makes you want to heave. *g*

FWIW
Exactly.

You're nearly done!

this is why writers drink

Now it's changed its mind, and thinks it wants a happy ending.

It tells me this, of course, after the fire ants and the cold-blooded murder.

Some books, they just won't be made happy.

Re: this is why writers drink

Here, I have beer. *shares*

Re: I just put Louisiana pizza in mine.

Hee.

That's okay. I'm not possessive.
I have reached the point in the draft where it becomes painfully evident to me just how much work I need to do in the next draft.

*whimpers in commiseration*

*inserts comments everywhere*

*hopes to hell it helps*

In the past, I'd reach a tipping point where the draft had deviated so much from the initial set-up that I HAD to go back to the beginning and fix before I could continue I'm not doing that this time because while things need to be extensively rewritten, they haven't deviated. I've said many of the right things, but in the wrong way. The amount of rewriting is still daunting, but it doesn't need to be done now. In a sick, sad way, I consider this an improvement compared to previous books/drafts.

And if I keep telling myself this, I will eventually believe it. Who knows, in a few years, I may even know how to plot a frickin' book.

*snuggles up and cries*

Well, I had to go back after about the first hundred fifty pages and tweak a bunch of stuff, but I haven't actually had to unperson anybody this go-round, or insert two entirely new POVs and take one old out in the process of turning a two-POV novel into a three-POV one...

So it's still not a "heavy rewrite."

But I have discovered that I seem to have left the actual plot out of the first two thirds of the book, while putting all the misdirection in.

Um.

*g*

Here, have some fire ants.
So it's still not a "heavy rewrite."

This comes later, when you try to fix one scene near the end and the whole damned thing unravels...

But I have discovered that I seem to have left the actual plot out of the first two thirds of the book, while putting all the misdirection in.

Put in enough Hot Sex and you'll be able to dispense with Plot. The road to Bestsellerdom is littered with the dessicated remains of many a plot. Plot is a crutch, the opiate of the mass markets. Plot is Bunk. Plot is a construct of a reality-based world.

We don need no steekin plot!

So tired... Must go play with fire ants...
Or better yet, go play with the sex.

---L.
Hmm. Actually, if you are certain mainstream authors, icky sex may be taken more seriously than Hot Sex. Because Hot Sex isn't lit'ry, but angst-filled sex is.

*eats some ants*
Therefore, sex with fire ants should be considered. Nightmares about sex with human-sized fire ants.

I've eaten chocolate covered ants before, btw. Oddly enough, they don't taste like chicken.
I think China has the sex with ants covered. Or sex with chocolate-covered ants, maybe even.

No, they taste like rice crispies. Kind of anticlimactic....
It occurred to me that he might have already cornered that particular market.

Definitely anticlimactic...not to mention crumbly...