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Sunday, November 26, 2006
I've finally got the first portion of Daughter of Privilege at an 85% solution, the other 15% being picky things like POV, tightening and general editing. Trouble is, the story isn't finished yet and I have NO IDEA what happens next.


I mean, there's a sort of "oh, the bad guy will do something and there'll be a huge fight and the black moment will be that the hero and the heroine both have to make this horrible choice" thing, but ...

What's the next word?

I'm sooooo screwed.
11/26/2006 09:33:00 PM : : Sela Carsen : : 21 Comments


Start writing ou longhan. About anything that could happen. About their inner motives and GMC, but longhand notes.

You painted yourself into a corner. Best placce to be, now use it to make a incredibly original ending.

You're SUCH a panster.

By Blogger Eva Gale, at 10:36 PM  

out longhand

grrr. Can't type or spell.

By Blogger Eva Gale, at 10:36 PM  

Hugs Sela! I got there with my wip before I finished chapter 3. I'm starting mine over. Not that I'm suggesting you do anything remotely the same! Just let your h/H speak to you. Or maybe it's the villain who needs to speak up? Sorry, it's been a long weekend and that's all I've got for now.

Ohhh I finally blogged your book. Hope I did you proud. Lol

By Anonymous Lisa, at 12:03 AM  

Was anything happening in history?...er...with in the weather?

By Blogger Bernita, at 7:43 AM  

Hi Sela,
When in doubt make the Hero and Heroine do something together. :):) Maybe a sexy kiss...or even more. ;-)
I'm a panster too. There is nothing wrong with it! :):)

The next word is...Salacious. One of my personal favorites. :) Just ask Kristen.
The best of panster writing luck to you, my friend.

By Blogger Lara Santiago, at 7:58 AM  

Eva said, "You're SUCH a panster." I KNOW! Isn't it awful? These are the times I wish so hard I could plan and plot and be organized.

I haven't written longhand for a while, maybe I'll try that and see if it jogs something loose.

Lisa, Thank You! It was lovely! You wrote a terrific blurb, too! I'm just so happy you enjoyed reading NOT QUITE DEAD. I couldn't comment on your blog for some reason, though. But thank you!

Bernita, that's a good idea. Get them out of themselves for a while and refocus on the external plot.

Lara, they just finished doing Something together. A lot. :) Yeah, salacious might be juuuuust the right word for it!

Thanks, y'all! I can't wait to get back to it!

By Blogger Sela Carsen, at 8:25 AM  

Oh dear, I can so identify with you, Sela. How many times do we all hit the brick wall despite making sure we built a door there. Hope you come up with an idea.

By Anonymous Alexandra, at 9:38 AM  

Just keep writing, Sela. Put your fingers on the keyboard and type.

The way you described your plight really turned on a lightbulb for me and I blogged about it just now. Thanks for sharing your pain! :D

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:20 AM  

Lara said: "Maybe a sexy kiss...or even more. ;-)"

Let me tell you, you think our dear Sela here is such a good little girl? Huh? Sweet romances? Pbbfft! Her H/h in DoP are like freakin bunnies! She made ME blush, and I thought I could read anything without blinking. Maybe they need to ...yanno, talk? :p

I'm teasing, you kow, that right? But Sela has the mind of a coutesean. Just say'n.

By Blogger Eva Gale, at 2:26 PM  

I got the idea for the longhand in The Artist's Way, which you should buy. One excellent book.

By Blogger Eva Gale, at 2:27 PM  

Go back and read what you've written in the previous chapter or section. You took a wrong turn somewhere earlier. Once you figure out where, the rest will fall into place. Good luck!!!

By Blogger Jordan Summers, at 2:37 PM  

Every story's got a grandmommy.

I am thinking of an old back number, Will Durant's STORY OF PHILOSOPHY.
Best seller for the past eighty years. Almost like the secular man's bible.
So Robert Persig does a take on the story of philosophy,callis it "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance--and we have another bestseller.
Caused our late Pierre Berton, iconic Canadian writer, to ask,
"Geniuses or rewrite men?"

Think about your title and then look for its grandmommy?
But then that would take the steam out of everything.
I think I'd just have a pot of chicken soup and hope the snit will have run its course.

By Blogger ivan, at 3:36 PM  

Blushing with alternate pride and mortification. Still, I like to think that if I chose that route, I could get a prime fee!

But yes, I think it's time for them to have a bit of a chat. ;)

Jordan, you're right. And I think I know just how far to go back.

Ivan, that's a good idea. Because the title just came with the story. Maybe explore that a bit more. It's part of the motivation for all the characters.

By Blogger Sela Carsen, at 3:53 PM  

Softly, softly, catchee monkey.

(From my travels)

By Blogger ivan, at 4:03 PM  

So Sela isn't innocent, huh?
She seemed pretty innocent when I met her at conference. :) She must have been on her best behavior.
I say talking is overrated. :)
I'm tellin ya...salacious is a great word or delicious. Volcanic isn't bad either. Put them in a lip lock. I don't care how tired they are. :):)

Have you written the next word yet?
We all want to know what it is...so don't forget to tell us! Especially if it turns out to be...salacious. :)

By Blogger Lara Santiago, at 4:26 PM  

*sigh* I'm afraid the next word wasn't "salacious." Turns out that I really did need to redirect the plot to something more than boinking.

I know, I know. We're all disappointed. ;)

The next words are: “What other choice did we have, Natalya? Dural is weak. His council knows it, those closest to him know it. But he still holds power and he was publicly shamed by his bride and a common soldier. He’ll lash out at everyone now to make himself look stronger.”
“We did nothing to shame him. It’s his own fear that eats at him.”

By Blogger Sela Carsen, at 4:46 PM  

You can do it! You just need to have them do SOMETHING, even if you end up deleting all of it. But writing SOMETHING is better than not writing anything, and even if it's crap, it can help you get through a slump.

By Blogger Amanda Brice, at 4:48 PM  

Salacious is a great word, and delicious is one of my favorites too, and not in reference to dessert.

I saw picts of conference. She sure dresses well, crisp and classy, but so do most dangerous women. It's all just a carefully orchestrated cover. Underneath, she's volcanic!

By Blogger Eva Gale, at 5:02 PM  

Thank God I'm not the only one this happens to...

By Anonymous raine, at 3:00 AM  

LOL, it'll come to you.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:13 AM  

You'll find it! I have confidence!

By Blogger Sandra Ruttan, at 11:19 AM  

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