The Tuesday Train and WIP

I have a WIP. And it needs help. From a highlighter.

If I have you confused let me unconfuse you. A WIP is a writer’s acronym for Work In Progress. Also know as a book currently under construction. A first draft so to speak. It can also be the second, third, fourth, etc, etc… you get the idea.

I love a good acronym as much as the next person. I enjoy talking on my cell in public and saying “Yeah, tonight my husband gets to see my WIP.” With a straight face.

But I digress. Okay, using a writing method called Fast Draft, an innovation of Candace Havens, I wrote 45,000 words that I want to keep. And then I wrote 15,000 words that need to be edited to fit into the draft or WIP of my book.

So today I stared at my WIP. Just sat and stared for a good hour. Why? No freaking idea. Seemed like the thing to do at them time. I know I need to cut my baby up. Prune it with a vengeance. But, I sit with the highlighter clenched in my hand, frozen in time.

I need to mark one word as wrong, just one and then it will flow. But, which word do I pick? Which of my magnificent pearls of wisdom do I highlight out of existence?

Maybe if I slip some whiskey into my coffee I will be able to make paper dolls of this monstrosity that has its fingers firmly clasped around my heart.

My issue with this WIP? My Main Character is a doofus. No, really, he turned out to be an absolute idiot and my Sidekick Character is actually the hero. So, see… no easy fix this. AARRGH!!! I just want to slap them both sensible. But, no, this is what happens when imaginary people actually have a say in your life.

Pass the whiskey, please………

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About Shellie Sakai

Reading is a passion. Storytelling is an obsession. Writing is inevitable.
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2 Responses to The Tuesday Train and WIP

  1. C. K. Crouch says:

    HI Shellie, I’m not quite to that point yet. I’m trying to reach the end of the story BEFORE I whack it to pieces. I did NaNoWriMo but didn’t reach the end of the story. It seems I can write flash fiction of 100-150 words but a novel of 50-60 K? I have 76,000 plus words and I know a lot of it will crach and burn. But I can’t do that until I find the end. Know the end just not the direct path there yet.

  2. Maybe you need wine instead of whiskey. 😉 Hope you get your WIP whipped onto shape soon!

    Thanks for hosting the train – have a great week! 🙂

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