Monday, June 2, 2008

zero to fifty

It's amazing how one little piece of dialogue can recharge my battery.

As I've mentioned, my writing partner and I have been in a little bit of a writing funk as of late. We've been talking about upcoming scenes, but when it came to actually doing anything about it, well...

Anyhoo, last night she sent me a piece of dialogue. It's for a key scene, a turning point in the novel. It was roughly drafted, to say the least. But it was enough to give me direction, to take the ball and run with it. And run with it I did. In addition to combining about 30-something pages of previously written scenes that now had a place, I added her approximately 5 pages, plus about 20-ish new pages. A record, I think.

I don't know how good it all is in terms of writing. But it's good enough. It's first draft good. And the key scene, the scene we'd talked about, the scene we dialogued, brought tears to my eyes while I wrote it. So yeah, it's good enough.

Lord knows whether I'll get anymore done tomorrow, but it just astounds me what we've accomplished in one month. We've pretty much written the majority of the first draft of a novel. And I predict we'll finish it by the end of this week, next week the latest. If all goes well, I'll be querying this baby by the end of the summer.

Not bad, eh?


TS said...

Any new on the first novel?.. The one you read to the class? I am still waiting :)You know a girl could use a little chic lit while being deployed.

The Purple Panda said...

Funny you should mention that... I'm in the process of self-publishing it (yeah, I changed my mind yet again...) I'm making a few copies for myself and my family and friends and that sort of thing.

Your choice: either you can wait for that to be finished, that way you can hold an actual book, or I can email you the manuscript.

(you can send me an email at the yahoo address or let me know here what you wanna do!)

I would love to have you read it, though!