If you’ve been watching my drama box for any length of time, you know my standard rough draft process is dialog first, then fill in the blanks. Working like that, I can usually hammer out a 15-18 page chapter in a day, but not every day, or I’d be dead by Wednesday. My creative process can handle chunks of heavy work for about two days, and then I have to stop to think again.
Long story short, work is going good, though I didn’t put much in the cabinet of awesomeness yesterday due to spending an inordinate amount of time on dialog. I’ve got a whopping 15 pages of dialog ready to burn thorough today, (usual amount is 8-10 pages) which will probably come out to 28-30 pages of text. That’s about 10 pages longer than I like my chapters to be, but I’ll let one or two chapters that long in if there’s a lot going on. And there is in this one. Had a surprised “tea party” with Newt I didn’t see coming, but it brought a few things together I was up in the air about. I’m still trying to figure out why Trent is there. He’s not doing anything till the end, but since it takes place in the ever-after, he’s got to be there the entire time. Unless . . .
Mmmm. Good thing this is dialog. It makes for easy changes.