Frozen Lake, Early Spring, Algonquin Park,
oil on canvas, 1914,
National Gallery of Canada.
Early Spring? I wish.
You don't want to know how much snow I shovelled this weekend.
You don't want to know how many words I cranked out/flowed like a freshet from my febrile pen either.
Suffice it to say I'm past the 50,000 mark in word count and therefore Lillie and I are on the downhill slide.
Time for me to grease the runners on the sled.
The latest events in Lillie's life involve a riot, a pipe bomb, a brawl, another exorcism, hawt kisses, a curse stone conundrum and sabotage to her car which dumps her in a flooded creek.
Put like that, her story sounds all very episodic, doesn't it?
One of the purposes of revision is to make sure that a story is not just a string of episodes, a mere sequence of events and adventures.
Narrative is development, not repetition.
Lillie is becoming sick and tired, frustrated and seriously pissed at being forced on the defensive, at stuff leaping out at her, at reacting to events.
Troubles tend to do that to you.
Josephine Damian has an excellent post on three-part structure.
I hope to apply some of that advice on revision.
She's also running an interesting critique/contest.
Chris has a neat writing contest going on as well.
Rudyard Kipling claimed that "Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind."
If you want to keep track of how much your addiction costs you (and you should), Mark Terry's Feb 7th Part 8 post offers a simple and practical method, applicable to either spread sheet or lined exercise scribbler.