Friday, July 14, 2006

Conf 217: Dealing With The End

Wordcount: coming & going

Work work has been intervening once more, so another pause whilst I type up transcripts about a poverty-stricken Chinese giant and an Armenian weightlifting child genius.

Printed off the dodgy final chapters and clipped them into the file to study before the final onslaught. Many major deletings of stupendously bad writing brought 37 pages down to 14. BUT they've been something concrete to work with and have done their job of avoiding the dreaded blank page horrors. Have now transferred each scene to a card with a goal/conflict/disaster; reaction/dilemma/decision structure outline. If I can moof around and concentrate on the overall tone of the ending enough, hopefully some fresh and more interesting ways will reveal themselves.

One more week of term, should be able to get a chapter down a day, in rough form, and be, technically, finished in 5 days. Possible, but holiday planning and daughter's party planning taking over.

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.


Natalia said...

I just wanted to say hello. I always like to leave messages when I meet fellow writers. I have had a few pieces published in magazines and I am finishing a novel and will soon be seeking representation, etc. All I can say is best of luck. :)


indigodreams said...

Well done, Amanda, and best of luck! It's a good feeling when the end is in sight!

Julia said...

Really glad it's going so well.

Daughter's party planning sounds like a lot of fun!

Amanda Mann said...

Thanks so much for your good wishes. In haste, the bath's overflowing and the cake's about to burn.... A