Bringing a Story to Life: Pacing Production


So, I woke up at 5:30 this morning from a weird dream about attending a Ford Supply Chain event at Disney World.

I actually did attend one though it wasn’t at Disney. 

After the dream dissipated the very first thought that popped into my mind was the realization that I have a major plot flaw in Pin, Book 8 of the Metatron’s Army Series.

It’s not only a flaw to the book, it’s a major flaw to the series.

I lay there and considered how I might change the scene in order to fix the flaw, realized I couldn’t.

While a good part of the story has been developed since the summer of 2016, the major components and four central characters are part of the original story developed beginning in the winter of 1984. 

The scene has been a vivid image in my mind for decades.  It was one of the parts of the story that appeared as a mini movie first.  I “watched” it play on my mental screen and incorporated it into the story.

A great deal of the story developed this way.  Like with the NDE, I never questioned what I was seeing or worried “how can this be?” for things not easily explained.  I simply wrote it down.

I now see simply accepting as is has an inherent vulnerability in it.  It’s one thing to see it on the Celestial Plane.  It’s another to translate it on this one.

A bit of explanation is needed. 

So, no changing the scene.  I had to work with what I had.  After ten minutes I realized my Rehearsal tool wasn’t going to cut it.  I decided to let it go and work on it later.  The moment I decided to do that the solution popped into my head.

So here I am on my second cup of coffee about to repair the flaw.  Fortunately, it won’t take much.

A few lines of dialogue between a couple of the characters during a critical scene will take care of it.

The updated copy will be sent to the beta reader shortly after.

This is why I try to get the manuscript into post production as soon as I’m able.  In leaving myself enough time, I don’t have to panic.

Pin will be out December 2018.


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