I had such a good writing day on Yantsu yesterday that I really should have been suspicious. Well, today about 2000 words hit the scrap file. Not that it’s necessarily a permanent home for those words, they just don’t fit where I had them.
The frustrating thing is that something big is brewing and I really want to write it, but I’m not there yet. This is probably very weird and ‘unwriterly’ of me, but I don’t like to skip around.
Common sense tells me that if I have an idea and it desperately wants to be written, that I should go ahead and write it. But there’s a huge part of me that doesn’t want to commit it to paper in case I can’t get the story from where it is now to where that part fits in. Am I making sense yet? I doubt it.
With Sanchin I struggled with it too but I didn’t give in to the temptation to write the bits I knew were going to happen. This paid off in the end because I think those scenes are stronger for being allowed to incubate and the scenes leading up to them, which were so hard to write, are also some of the strongest in the book.
Although I prefer to write in a linear fashion, I did cut the order of some of the scenes in Sanchin to give the story more impact. I will probably do the same with Yantsu and just maybe the 2000 words in scrap will be reinstated at some time.
For now, though, I’ll get back to it and try to get to the big bang that’s been threatening to happen since the beginning of the book. I only hope I’m not left with too many pieces to pick up.