So chapter 27 of The Way Wars Are Won has been kicking my ass for the past 6 (SIX!) months. I’m serious. Since November 17th, I’ve barely written anything and I just couldn’t bring myself to rewrite the whole chapter. Finally, on Tuesday, I grabbed all my papers involving chapter 27, printed out all the different versions (I have 3 versions of this one scene–it’s ridiculous) and spread them out on the floor.
I used the highlighters to really see the different scenes in the original chap 27. Then I summarized each scene onto a post-it. With that outline, I compared versions and picked which pieces I’d be using. Kinda like a puzzle. Now I just (ha–JUST) need to type it all up. Of course it’ll still be a mess, but it won’t be as much of a mess as it was. So it’ll be an improvement.
Word count: Who the hell knows? Maybe I will tomorrow.