When it comes to writing, bigger is not always better. In fact, sometimes it’s downright harmful! I learned this just last week when I realized that saying “no” to some stuff is just as important as saying “yes”.
This is a post where you’re going to learn a bit more of my WIP Poison Dragon. (Surprise! The name has changed. I asked those on my mailing list recently to help me decide a new name, and they really liked Rising Fire. However, I decided to go with this new name instead. I really liked Rising Fire, but it didn’t really fit. Sadly. If I’d called it Rising Star to make it fit more, then it would’ve sounded like a pop star was being discovered or something 😂) I’ve been working on plotting it and felt that the climax needed to be… bigger. Better. I didn’t want it to fall flat, after all.
I worked on ideas, expanding it and making the book longer. And with a bigger climax.
But after 2 or 3 hours of work on that, I just kept having this nagging feeling that it was too much. Too long to be interesting, too clunky, and too unnecessary to the whole book.
I made a decision to trim it. Even after those hours of work to make it more, more was more like too much. As I described it to my sister, it was like a bloated goat.
By saying “no” to all my ideas, I feel confident that my story is going to be for the better. (And I’ll be in for less work!)
We writers have lots of ideas and want to do so much in such little time and always expect so much of ourselves. Remember that it’s okay to say “no” to some things so that you can say “yes” to others in the fullest way you can.
Poison Dragon Snippets
I’ve finally finished plotting, and have begun the first draft of the new-and-improved-version of this book! 😃 I’ve done 7,036 words so far.
I like to put in random things of description or dialogue when I plot because that helps me keep with the idea of the scene when I actually write it.
“I kind of deserved it,” he replies with a croaking laugh.
“I fell at the speed of a galloping horse, on what was essentially just a twig, and landed on the hard-packed ground. I broke my leg.”
Man, I am so nice to my characters. 😂
As we glide along above the clouds, I let out a wild whoop of exhilaration.
Here’s something fun for you to think about: these are from 3 different characters points of view. 😉
Did you like the tip in this post?
Did you like the snippets?
How is your Camp NaNoWriMo going? (I’m at 21 hours – almost 22! Just over halfway!)