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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