My adventures writing, "The Moses Conspiracy," remind me of this movie. An idea grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I started, but, oh my, I didn't have a clue what I'd gotten into. My fingers flew over the keyboard, and dashed off my book--all 55,000 words of it. I printed out the first three chapters, packed my briefcase, and trotted off to the nearest Christian Writers Conference. Fortified by my non-writing spouse's praise, my naivete matched or exceeded that of many newbie writers.
POV? Got it nailed down. Passive verbs? No problem. Uh, what's that about character development and dialogue tags? I'll make some changes. You want how many words in a novel, but want me to cut out all the adverbs and most of the adjectives? The story begins on page 10? Maybe I don't know as much about this writing stuff as I thought I did.
Back at that computer, I slashed the adverbs and gave my wimpy verbs muscles. Highlighting a paragraph, my hand poised over the keyboard. I muttered to myself. "You can do this, Susan." I took a deep breath, and hit the delete key. Instead of 55,000 words, I'm down to 45,000.
Even as Indiana got creative in defeating his enemies and reaching his objective, I prayed and dug deep for inspiration. Eureka! I see it--a way out of a tricky spot that will add a chapter. Ah, add some conflict to a relationship. A subplot will make things sticky for the hero and heroine.
Like Indiana Jones, the battle didn't end there. Trials and tribulations popped up, but new skills made the task less daunting. The first 15 pages are now in the hands of the Genesis contest judges. I'll soon know what other villains lurk in the pages of my manuscript. With my trusty fedora and bullwhip (the helmet of salvation and the Word of God), they don't stand a chance.
Tell us about the word jungles you've conquered lately. What snakes have threatened to kill your manuscript?