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The end is nigh

Posted November 3 into Writing by John Birmingham

I'm about to delete a chapter that I spent most of yesterday writing. A chapter I was pretty pleased with too. It's unavoidable. Having intricately plotted out the final act of A Girl in Time, I was walking my dog this morning when I realised there was a simpler, more elegant way of bringing all of the story threads together. I hate that.
It's taken me an hour this morning, of muttering under my breath, stalking around the house, cursing myself, but I finally got to a point where I can do what needs to be done.
Delete the chapter, and rewrite it to set up the simpler, more elegant finale.
As much as it will hurt cutting out those 3000 words, it'll save me somewhere between eight and ten thousand words by the time I'm done. I originally planned for this book to top out at 90K. It was heading towards 100,000 as of yesterday.
Hopefully, this means I'll have Act 3 ready for beta late on Friday.

12 Responses to ‘The end is nigh’

Murphy_of_Missouri puts forth...

Posted November 3
Save the material. Might be useful for recycle later.

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insomniac is gonna tell you...

Posted November 3
Serendipity is a wonderful thing

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Dave W mutters...

Posted November 3
Could be a good deleted-scenes or alternative ending easter egg on the DVD extras.

Murphy_of_Missouri has opinions thus...

Posted November 3
There is a lot of that laying around, Dave.

Dave W ducks in to say...

Posted November 3
The Director's Cut, double dvd special edition?

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon ducks in to say...

Posted November 3
On a purely selfish note: Friday is perfect for me. Driving the fam up your way(ish) to Southport to see in laws for a couple of days. Never has there been better timing :)

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BostonJoe is gonna tell you...

Posted November 3
I second the deleted scenes idea.

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w from brisbane is gonna tell you...

Posted November 3
Once again, the 'in the moment' zen of a canine brings clarity. Don't forget to mention your dog on the acknowledgements page.

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WarDog asserts...

Posted November 3
I often have the same experience when coding.

A good step away from the project (or a night of sleep/alcohol) and the fresh perspective turns mountains into gold plated molehills.

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Rhino mumbles...

Posted November 4
Elegant Ending = Introduction of The Rhino. I figured as much.

Can't wait to see this ... very curious as to where this is going.

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DarrenBloomfield swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 4
Put it up, put it up, PUT. IT. UUUUUUUUPPPPP!!!!

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Gutz mumbles...

Posted November 12
I just hope that walking your sometime disappearing dog has not given you pause on how you treat your disappearing characters. lest a large portion of the narrative given to never to be seen again instruments of assistance. Bruce from unit 38 ' i am sure he was here with my Fifi.!, wont our children be gorgeous!! ' all that superfluous rubbish can become cannon fodder Wendy!!

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