Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Stinkers and Gold, Stinkers and Gold
I may have toasted during the holidays, but they made toast out of me as far as my work is concerned, and this is the best and quickest way I can think of to get back on track.
The point of this exercise is not to edit, but to get caught back up in the plot and the characters. And it's working. But here's what's weird: some of these scenes are in dire need of editing, which doesn't surprise me too much, other than wondering how I wrote such drivel. Others, even though this is the shitty first draft stage, don't need touched. (Well, a caveat here: no one else has seen them, so there is probably something that needs fixin'. Just nowhere near some others I'm reading.)
Why are some of them stinkers and the others gold? And how can I make sure, when I'm committed to bichok, that I'm in the gold mode?
Writers, do you have control over this? Please share.
Readers, have you ever read a published book and been aware that certain scenes needed work?
CR: The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.
It's all better with friends.