This past week I struggled with chapter 20.
Now, this is my process.
1. Write the first version in long hand, type it into the computer, editing and filling in (not enough, just ask Christi).
2. Print that up and fill in some more (at this point, Christi is wondering if I start out with merely a paragraph). And I check for the "funny".
3. Enter those changes into the computer and print out another copy.
4. Give my 20 yo daughter and chief Bix consultant, Jordan, that copy. I usually watch her or at the very least, listen for the laugh--and then make sure she's laughing at the right places.
5. Take her suggestions and make changes or adjustments as needed.
6. Submit to my CP's.
For chapter 20 I got stuck on step 2. Writing, rewriting, and knowing something wasn't working. I kept printing out copies and trying to fix it. Finally four or five copies in, I gave it to Jordan. After reading it, she says, "Does Caitlyn have to be the love interest because I'm really not liking her anymore."
So as I'm driving and thinking, I realize she's right. I was forcing---which is why it was a struggle to begin with---a confrontation scene between Bix and Caitlyn. And the reason she gets mad doesn't make any sense and makes her come off as a shrew. Who wants the hero to end up with a teenaged shrew??
So, now I'm off to cut chapter 20 and skip that entire episode and move onto chapter 21--which is the first publication of Bix's column. And therein is another realization, if I can skip that entire confrontation and continue the story without missing a beat, did ireally need it?
So, today, let's share outtake stories...your turn.