Philip Brewer's Writing Progress


Saturday, 28 July 2001

I got some writing done. I've got 2860 words now. It wasn't easy. I was writing a dull bit.

The obvious thing to do is to not write the dull bits. But my experience so far has been that it's better to write dull bits and then trim them down to what I need. Usually I don't cut the whole thing--they contain information that needs to be there. But it's hard to figure out what's needed until I get the whole scene down. It's also hard to know what's dull. Sometimes it's a pretty good scene once I'm done with it.

Even having concluded that it's best to do that, it is still hard to write the dull bits. I want to skip ahead to the exciting bits. That can work too, but this story is short enough that there's not much left to write. I think there's just one more scene before the climax, and then the validation.

Anyway, it was a bit of a struggle, but I think I'm past that hard part.

It was a good day. We didn't get to the Fitness Center or the library, but we did go for the walk of two lakes, around Kaufman Lake and whatever lake it is that's in the next park north of Kaufman Lake.


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