Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What's Keeping them Apart?


Completed another 1,000+ words yesterday.

I felt better today about the scene sequence. I had too much external plot overwhelming the characters so took out a scene and expanded a couple of others with dialog - and an almost kiss that hero pulled back from. I need to work on the hero's motivation. There are all kinds of reasons for the hero to go for a relationship with the heroine, external factors have kept them apart, but I need an internal conflict to keep him in check for a few chapters.

Found my ipod so will have to come up with another excuse to avoid the gym today. And it's already snowing so perhaps the roads will be too bad? One can only hope. But it's kind of warm and the snow is melting as it hits the ground so it doesn't look good.

12 comments:

Janet said...

"Snow Day" is a perfect excuse not to go to the gym (yikes, I sound like I'm trying to sabbatoge your efforts, I'm not).

Was out this morning and the roads are bad down South Shore Way - cancelled my appointment and have snuggled into warm pjs and am ready to tackle the WIP. Congrats on another 1000 words - don't you just hate inner conflict (the hardest part of keeping my hero and heroine apart). Good luck discovering his motivation.

Cat Schield said...

Good luck with the internal conflict. That's always the tricky one. Don't make it too complicated. That's the key. Playing it off the external conflict can help.

Lorraine said...

Hi Anne, ran across your site on Donna's blog and had to come over and touch base. Haven't seen you on the eharlequin boards lately.

My background is also in accounting/bookkeeping. Tax season coming up.

ttyl, Lorraine
aka Write NB Style

Anne MacFarlane said...

Janet, the roads were just bad enough later this afternoon to keep me out of the gym. Bummer.

Anne MacFarlane said...

Cat, I do tend to complicate my plots. It's like I think there isn't enough going on so I throw too much in and the story loses focus.

Anne MacFarlane said...

Hi Lorraine, thanks for stopping by.

Even when I don't comment, I check in to see what's going on over at eharlequin.

Waiting for them to announce the Desire pitch.

Cat Schield said...

I thought it was supposed to be in March. That's 2 months. Are you ready?

Anne MacFarlane said...

Cat, I heard March as well.

And no, not ready. I hope to have this current MS ready for the pitch.

Lorraine said...

Desire pitch is in March. No date yet.

Kelly Boyce said...

You know shoveling is exercise... :)

Cat Schield said...

If you keep up the 1000 words/day you will be ready. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

Michelle Helliwell said...

I find if I am not sure what to do, I plunk the characters down and just let them talk it out. It's awkward at first, but almost always works for me. Sometimes as the "writer" you can overthink the plot too much. I do, but I hate details I think because once I start thinking about them I can drown in it. Hope it worked for you?
I have an ipod...not enough motivation to get out on a cold evening and walk my dog though. We are both getting fatter by the day:)