2016 #ROW80 Round 2: Check-In 11
When I wrote Graphic Exposure, I didn’t have the time to add everything I wanted. So, I wrote notes about all the things that needed to be added to make the story what I first envisioned.
Now, I’m trying to figure out where those notes fit best. I thought about leaving the story as is since it had a good reception, but I think my characters deserve more. The first two books in what’s now the Exhibits series are intrinsically intertwined, and I want to add the same cohesion to the rest of the books.
Today, I separated the story back down to individual scenes. The next step is to see what needs to be expanded on and where to add the notes & new ideas. I need to add at least 36,000 more words to get it into the short novel realm and to fit with the next story.
As I deconstructed the story, I realized the characters’ backgrounds were mostly left out of the picture, and their present took most of the space. The transitions were quick, but they worked with the overall sense of a short story.
What the story needs now is for the characters journey to be as important as the end result. Yes, they got a HEA originally, but they deserve to savor the events that brought them together in the first place.
Therefore, for the next month, I’d be giving my MCs a story to tell their grandkids. Well, at least the PG-13 version of their love story.
A Round of Words in 80 days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life.