Thursday, December 2
Stuck in the mire of rewriting
I've been reworking a crucial set of scenes in my novel and as frustrating as it has been not to move on, rewriting these scenes before I finish the novel has been imperative.
As any avid follower of this blog knows, I'm a pantser and this novel, Bix For Short, has been an experiment of trial and error when it comes to plotting.
I'm happy to say that rewriting the carnival scenes has not only enriched the local flavor (Christi will be so proud), but I also developed a few minor characters and made them not so one-dimensional. The bully BJ gets a scene that actually gives a little bit of insight into him and makes him somewhat human. And Shrill Gull, Amanda, while still a little annoying has a scene that makes her sympathetic.
Plus, I took Shirley Jump's sage advice "Does the scene further the plot?" to heart. Now the scene drops a couple of clues as to the truth about Cypher, Indiana and it's inhabitants.
It's been a rough few weeks as I put the ending on hold to shore up this portion of the book, but what I'm getting is a richer and heartier version. And I think I can safely say, that I have the end in sight. It may take a month or so, but early next year, I will have a marketable YA novel to send out there into the publishing world.