For the past several months, I've struggled with the beginning of my third draft. There is tension between the need to introduce the protagonist in her element, with her core traits revealed to the reader, and the need to introduce the setting and plot she will encounter.
When writing, there are times when you know what needs to happen next, but it just isn't happening. I have found that's a good time to pick up shop and move house.
In my latest draft (currently 15.5k words), I've been marking scenes as being Type 1 or Type 2. I think I'm wasting my damn time.
Look, goddammit... Warships cost more than warplanes. LOOK. Relative cost of USS Gerald R. Ford and a modern F/A-18 Super Hornet See that? That tiny slice is so small that Microsoft Excel
How long should a scene be? The short answer to that question, of course, is that I don't know. For most of my 'career' (? ...whatever) as a writer, I have used one "
My experience (and, if I had to guess, probably that of everyone else in the history of storytelling) has been that no story survives intact from seed to bloom. For myself, I begin