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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

New Scenes And Taking A Hike

One of the things I wanted to do in this edit is add in a couple of scenes that will help expand understanding of the characters' behaviour in certain situations. Sunday was a good day for that and I ended up writing quite a long scene which I hope, when I read it back, will be what I aimed for it to be.

I vary between writing longhand and writing directly on to the computer. There's no rhyme or reason to this, but often depends, not only on mood, but also just on circumstance. On Sunday, where I was meant that it was easier just to pull out my pad and pencil (never a pen!) and get scribbling. There is a benefit to this because, when I do type it up ready to be inserted into the main body of the novel, it gets an edit there too.

There is still another scene or two I want to add in. My plan is to type up the one I just wrote and work out where to put that, and then get on with the next one that I know I need to write. Doing it that way helps me keep on top of things and not have a tonne of pages floating about. Once the next one is done, I'll go through the whole thing again and see how I feel about it all then.

I tend to think about scenes and so on when I'm out on a walk - and now that the temperature has climbed down out of the 30s, I enjoyed a meander through the countryside yesterday, with the odd stop to pick blackberries. It's important to remember to get out and about when you can - it's good for the mind as well as the body. There are plenty of times I've worked out a scene during a walk that I've haven't been able to figure out all the time I was thinking about it inside.

Hope everyone else's writing is going well and I'd love to hear what you're working on. Feel free to leave a comment below!

Happy scribbling!


  1. You're doing exactly the same as me - even down to the walks! It's just as well I walk alone in deserted place cos I talk to myself while I work things out. "No - he wouldn't have done that," or "They can't be there - they left the town yesterday." I must sound like a mad woman!

    1. Ha ha! I have to say that was another good thing about having a pooch - it didn't look as if you were talking to yourself - even if you were! Carry on regardless, Lizy - at least you know you'll get a sensible answer ;)

  2. Sounds like all is going well, Maxi.

    I've just finished the first draft of the novella, so I'll soon be doing the same as you, writing out new scenes that need to be added in.

    Enjoy your scene thinking walks.

    1. Hi Carol! Thanks! I've finally written in the scenes - hopefully all of them! Now on with the editing!


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