So this story shows two rights don’t offset a wrong.
Dude shirks his privilege, his obligation to serve on a jury, so warrant is issued for his arrest. Success.
Dude pulled over for surpassing the posted speed limit. Outstanding warrant discovered and dude is detained. Success.
Dude serves 83 fricking days in jail. Texas court system plays golf and debates merits of Irish whisky versus Kentucky Bourbon. FAIL!
Jeez. Man breaks law. Man goes to jail. Man gets day in court. It ain’t that hard.
So yeah for me and my iron-willed deletion of 7000 of 7600 words. Except now I’ve restored every crappy little word.
I was right the first time. Keep writing. Plow on through and move the story along and fix all but the most dire of mistakes at the end. I tried–twice–to work the story from another angle. I wrote sober. I wrote not sober. I did not eat them on a boat, I did not eat them on a goat, etc. Flat, flat, flat. Not acting, not genius. So finally, at my wit’s end, I went back to the beginning. To word 7601.
Lo and behold it actually frigging worked.
I’m not saying it’s all perfection, but it’s not as bad as I thought. And the story is rocking and rolling into chapter deux now. You’d think I’d know better than to toss that much by now, especially in the first draft. The second draft is for exclaiming “this is the worst drivel ever put to page!” The first draft is for realizing “I am the second coming of Christ!” Or something like that. Point being, the first draft is for getting the dang thing finished. Period.
Eh. What do I know?
I know I’m at word 8354. Fingers crossed I keep going.
I just deleted 7000 of 7600 words. Yes, I started the story too soon. Still. 7000 words.
Ok, Ecto. Thought I’d already published that last blog entry. Apparently you found it exciting enough to publish twice.
And while I’m radiating myself via electronics rather than the sun, I’d like to annnounce I’m 493 words into the new novel. Wohoos!
Did some tidying of the outline and background material. No more excuses, I guess.
Book Number Two (unpublished)–you are about to begin.