>When the new wears off
I think the initial “OMG” new is wearing off for the request finally-it’s calmed down a bit anyway. Don’t think it will ever wear off completely. 🙂 So I opened the wip and scrolled down to where I left my h/h planning their first date. Fun scene, that one. I had left them two weeks ago, discussing the first time they met. A fairly awkward moment for Viv because, without my intentions, she seems to be a tad uncoordinated (clumsy). This makes her feel uncomfortable with Conner because he thinks its cute. So I sent a few paragraphs to my lovely Twinkies to give me direction. Should I continue into chapter four with their blushing conversation a little more-which left chapter three with a wonderful hook- or should I begin the new chapter with her preparing for their first date?
This is very important. You see, this is a critical point in every writer’s journey. Knowing where to end off, no matter how much you like the current scene, and when to let it go and get on to the next fun scene, the next great hook. I was torn so I asked the gals what they thought. It was unanimous- “shoot right to date night”. So, that’s what I will do. As always, I saved the previous start (just in case) and will set these two up for fun and heart ache!
Now that the shakes have left, I can finally focus on getting this story written. But I will keep you all posted on the progress here, since I can’t seem to get a word meter to work on my blog yet. Which is a really nice and non-intimidating way to keep track of how much you write (as long as you keep it updated).
I’d love to know how you know when you have a great hook and it’s time to move on in a story, or when to take it just a little bit farther with a scene. Share your thoughts here.