Friday, May 13, 2011

Ride that elephant over the plot-Alps, Hannibal!

So once again, I find myself traveling on a Friday so please forgive the brevity of this post (anytime I say that, I'm reminded of that Simpsons episode where Marge writes Ringo Starr and he replies to her--and all fans'--letter: "Please excuse the lateness of my reply"...anyone remember that? Crap, am I digressing ALREADY?)

I'm in the final stages of yet another revision. But it's good this time around! After long days and nights of stewing and stressing over the storyline, I think I've figured out a really difficult point in the manuscript: the climax.

And as I've figured this part out, other things are coming together, too! Red herrings that I factored in before are coming to fruition. Characterizations that I struggled for before are blossoming right before my eyes. My main character still needs to find a way out of that hideous dress she's wearing, but we'll find a way to do that! Appropriately!

It's like Hannibal from the A-Team always says, "I love it when a plan comes together." When we reach this stage of putting things together, streamlining plotlines, etc. I think we can amaze ourselves when we realize how much we've actually thought it through.

We are great writers. Or great writers waiting to happen. Perseverance is the key, of course. But don't forget to take time to lean back and smoke your metaphorical cigar, glorying in your brilliant plan.

Mr. T type sidekick optional, of course.


Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

Ha! I got excited thinking it was a post about the original-Alps-crossing Hannibal. But then again, a publisher recently rejected my kid's biography on him (sigh).

Still, you're so right. Perseverance is so key. Enjoyed the post!

Keriann Greaney Martin said...

Yay, congrats on the awesome edits!