Monday, August 27, 2012

Fast and furious I speed along

It's been a good day :)

Now I'm on chapter 16 (page 71/113 single spaced) and my word-count has bumped over 51,150.

Before I completely stalled out last week, I had been fighting with a scene in the middle of chapter 12 where it seemed like every change I made was making it worse.

Today, to fully re-start my brain, I went back to the very beginning of the story and skim-read all the way through, making a few small changes as I went, but more just trying to get back into the flow of the story, to re-discover the voice of the MC.

...and it was just what I needed.

I find that, whenever I've taken a break from writing or editing, it's difficult to pop myself back into the character's heads, and the scene I had been fighting with includes a marked change in thought within the MC's brain. Like a minor epiphany that starts the ball rolling.

Which is why I was probably fighting with the scene, since I hadn't been working on it consistently with all the travel/funerals/etc that's been going on. I had lost my connection to the MC.

I'm heading to Seattle this Thursday morning for the last pre-season Seahawks game (did you hear they cut Owens?), and I'm hoping to spend the next two days solidly working through 'Brake Fluid'.

Ideally, I'd like to get this round of editing completed and send it to CP's/readers early, but that might be too optimistic a deadline.

I'm also seriously thinking of changing the title...  I know I've mentioned this before as a possibility, but I've almost convinced myself to *do the deed*

Currently the tile is:

Brake Fluid, Blood & Body Bags

I'm thinking of changing it to:

Butter-knives, Brake Fluid & Body Bags

What do you guys think? Say them both out loud. Which one sounds better to your ear? Which one looks better visually? Do you think one is harder to remember than the other?

Any thoughts/comments, I'd certainly appreciate it :)


  1. for me, Brake Fluid, Blood & Body Bags flows better than the other. also I can *see* how they could fit together, ha!

  2. Hmm. I'd go with the first myself. As a casual reader, 'butter knives' in the title would make me think it's some comedy more than anything else at a casual look.

    1. Yeah, I was thinking the butter knife in the title would make it funnier/easier to remember... and I know this is a stupid, tiny thing, but my biggest hesitation in changing the title is that 'Butter-knives' has to be plural for it to read/sound good, but there's only ONE butter-knife in the story.

      Argh. I may just leave it as it is then :)

  3. I think I like the second one, but I'm not a fan of alliteration in titles.

  4. 2nd title too long - you've been writing up a storm - excellent.

    1. Ha ha, yup, with everyone's comments, I think I'll just leave the original title the way it is :)


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