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Monday, February 20, 2006

Where the Hell Is the Really Cool Stuff?

Ever have one of those scenes that you just didn't want to write?

You know what I'm talking about: the Really Cool Stuff (RCS) is about to happen in the next chapter, and man, you can't wait to get there...but here you are, stuck walking down the block to get to the RCS.

I hate those scenes. I have to force my way through them. Just write it, I nag myself. Just write it, no matter how crappy you think it is. Write it, and get to the RCS.

So block by block, I get my way to the RCS. And the damn thing is, those annoying obligatory scenes wind up being damn good ones. Don't know why -- maybe it has to do with me whining and kvetching over having to do them at all that I'm hypersensitive to the words I choose. Maybe it's irony at work.

Anyway, I'm finishing up an ob-scene, hopefully tonight. And then the ROAD takes a number of twists and turns.

And let me tell you, my friends, I'm rubbing my hands with glee over the thought of writing the next two chapters. ((rubs hands))

But first...


Jackie's Cool News!
Well, I think it's cool.

My editor -- dear, sweet man that he is -- has given me the green light to extend the projected word count of THE ROAD TO HELL to 100,000, up from 80,000. "Don't limit yourself," he said. Huzzah! Time to add extra words! Break out the adverbs! Heeyah!


At 2:02 PM, Blogger Faith said...

Right now I'm sick of editing and revising the same stuff--or everyone elses's for that matter, lol. I just want to write!

Hey, stop by my blog and answer my question there if you get a sec.

At 10:53 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

LOL! Hang in there, Faith. :-)

I'm thinking about the question you asked on your blog. Will get back to you on that.

At 8:54 AM, Blogger Jim C. Hines said...

I know exactly what you mean about the RCSes. Sometimes I write an entire book just to get to that one goosebump-raising bit at the end...

At 9:01 PM, Anonymous Ty Drago said...

Speaking as somebody who just edited the CRAP outta something, I feel your pain!

First time I've ever commented on a blog. It's kinda cool.

At 11:58 AM, Blogger Heather Brewer said...

*waits for Jackie to paint her face blue and yell "FREEDOM!!!"*

Why is it that the chapter before the RCS is always such a pain to write?


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