by Shelton Bumgarner
I am again in the second act of an intended first draft. I have been at this point so many times that I’ve lost count. But I’m going to give it another go. I think, maybe, this time will be different.
The structure of the story is stronger than ever before. I’m also kind of worn out from rewriting so much. As such, my desire to finish first draft is strong enough that I hopefully will just do it, no matter what.
You can’t edit a blank page, as they say.
One issue is structure and the duration of time involved. The first act dealt with days. This second act deals in weeks and months. So, it’s going to take a little while to lay scenes over the time allotted. But I’ve tried before and it worked out. Now, to take a deep breath and do it again.
The first half of the second act is called “fun and games” in Save The Cat Writes A Novel. It’s the portion of the novel you often times buy the novel for in the first place. I have everything laid out in my mind. Now to do the hard work of making my vision a reality.
It will be interesting to see how everything works out.