Thursday, June 25, 2009

You put this word in and you take that scene out, you put dialogue in, then you shake it all about!


VKBook2 is framed out. I have the beginning roughly formed; I have the middle that needs filling out; I have the ending chapters and even better--an ending sentence!--which surprised me as I never have ending sentences until the end but this is the ending sentence and I knew it when I saw it. I have around 77,0000 words now and would like to have more, but it is what it is. I want to add at least 20,000 more, but I am not going to think of "words" but instead just write. However, it's nice to see that number, since it seems not that long ago I threw out 30,000 words and at that time had less than 50,000. la tee dah....wheeeeeeeeeeeee!

Now comes the filling out and the adding and subtracting and multiplying and dividing. This is a fun part, too - I'm not at the stage where I am looking at it with too critical an eye; it is still a creative fun part. I add dialogue, scenes, etc. But with a "beginning, middle, end" I have more of a hindsight and foresight so to speak, and in that way can better see the entire picture of where Virginia Kate is going and has been in this second book. I have to keep in mind a few things in Tender Graces (VK book 1). I can move things around if I need to or whatever. It's a living breathing manuscript.

It is almost the end of June and I can't believe it. Thank you for continuing to stop by. I do try to visit everyone at least on Sundays - I hope you will bear with me as I try to complete this second novel and get it to Bellebooks by summer's end!
My brother sent me a photo of my adoptive mom, my dad, two of my brothers, and me one summer in Shreveport, La. Look at the teetored mailbox! Look how rumpbled and wearied we look. I wonder why we look so rumpled and weary in this photo? Do you have a story to tell about us in this photo?


10 comments:

Jessica said...

Wow, what a compelling pic. I don't have a story, but it sure looks like no one wanted that picture. Huh.
Congrats on VK2! Yay! :-)

laughingwolf said...

very good stuff, kathryn... grats!

DebraLSchubert said...

A young family starting out. Not much money, but lots of love. Dreams for the future, hope for the lives of their children. Yet one more beautiful American dream...

Cathy said...

Nice photo - it reminds me of one of my Mom's family when she was a girl - must be the black and white photography.

Deb Shucka said...

So glad you're having fun with VK still. What a grim picture. It makes me wonder who's on the other side of the camera.

WendyCinNYC said...

I think it's just too stinkin hot and the baby's fussing and you've all been waiting for the camera guy to figure the blasted thing out and just TAKE THE PICTURE ALREADY.

NCmountainwoman said...

With all due respect to the citizens there, you were weary and rumpled looking because you were in Shreveport, LA in the summer.

Glad to hear the new book is coming along so quickly.

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

Um, your mailbox is crooked.

So glad to hear things are moving along with the writing - that's great!

Wendy said...

Congrats on your continued plowing through of the new book. I envy you being able to do it. I don't think I have the attention span to ever do a book. Maybe if I took medication. :)

Analisa said...

Story on the pic---here goes.

It was a steamy Louisiana summers day. They had retreated to the coolest part of the house, the screened in back porch. He placed a mattress down a top of the cool concrete floor. Fretful, the baby was already down for a nap and the kids were just dozing off. He prayed for the relief of rain but none was in sight. She was getting lemonade from the kitchen when she heard an insistent knock at the front door. She groaned thinking that peaceful afternoon nap had just escaped her. It was her mother in law. Crisp fresh and never a hair out of place, she waltzed into the house. “I must get a picture of you all with my new camera. Gaither up everyone I take it on the front porch” She commanded used to getting her way. She looked up and down and lamented “Oh Lords I don’t I have time for you to change.” Grumpy and silent we lined up and were promptly shot.