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The end is nigh

Posted November 3, 2016 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 mumbles...

Posted November 3, 2016
Save the material. Might be useful for recycle later.

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insomniac has opinions thus...

Posted November 3, 2016
Serendipity is a wonderful thing

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Dave W has opinions thus...

Posted November 3, 2016
Could be a good deleted-scenes or alternative ending easter egg on the DVD extras.

Murphy_of_Missouri is gonna tell you...

Posted November 3, 2016
There is a lot of that laying around, Dave.

Dave W would have you know...

Posted November 3, 2016
The Director's Cut, double dvd special edition?

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon mumbles...

Posted November 3, 2016
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 has opinions thus...

Posted November 3, 2016
I second the deleted scenes idea.

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w from brisbane has opinions thus...

Posted November 3, 2016
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 mutters...

Posted November 3, 2016
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 mutters...

Posted November 4, 2016
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 is gonna tell you...

Posted November 4, 2016
Put it up, put it up, PUT. IT. UUUUUUUUPPPPP!!!!

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Gutz asserts...

Posted November 12, 2016
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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