Moving backwards to move forwards

I hadn’t gotten past chapter 4 in my rewrites, and I finally discovered why.  Because things just weren’t making sense.  Yes, the story is good, but the placement of the chapters isn’t.  I thought about it for the last few days, letting it percolate in my head.  I am going to have to rewrite chapter 3 and change the scene, then make chapter 4 a completly different chapter in order to introduce some key players.  Chapter 5 will then be the fight scene, with chapter 6 being what chapter 4 is now.  Confused yet? I want the book to move faster, but at the same time the timing and logic have to be right.  That’s why I couldn’t move forward.  The timing just wasn’t right, making the story seem illogical.  Granted, my book is fantasy and myth, but even fantasy and myth need to be believable.  

I also spent time filling out my character sheets, which now I’m glad I did. Rather than having to refer back to what I’ve written (and try to find the information!) I can just look over my character sheets.  Much easier!  I wonder how many times I’m going to have to move backwards before I’m done with this draft.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. conniekauffman
    Apr 17, 2011 @ 21:52:39

    My writing mentor told me to always cut anything that did not move the story forward. See you Friday?


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