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2.22.2012

A Strange Circumstance

I'm writing a novel in three parts, and I was passing through some revisions yesterday when it occurred to me that I'd written myself into a corner.


My dilemma: excise seventy-six pages, or one paragraph.


It's funny how that can happen, but the problem became perfectly clear to me while I was out on a jog. In the case of this narrative, the text in question really shifts the tone. If I keep the focus on the plot and the action, then those pages go. If I stress the exposition and flashback to build a character bond, that throws an abrupt halt to the pacing.


What kind of book should it be?


Thankfully, because of the beauty of the words processor, I can cut the larger passage and maybe save that for a stand-alone novella. I'll write it both ways and test it out with readers.


Though I have an inkling of which way I'd like to take it (lean and mean and filled with spleen), I haven't come to this particular conundrum yet in writing a novel...

2 comments:

Aaron Polson said...

A little bizarre. 75 pages or a paragraph?

Eep.

Daniel W. Powell said...

Yeah, it was an odd realization, Aaron. I think that's what happens when you start a project, do other things (life and work, mostly) and then come back to it to find that the story has changed or the pacing calls for something different.