Day 127 – Timing isn’t everything

Day one hundred twenty-seven of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Words: 700

The flow was disjointed for me tonight. My problem? Timing. Not real world timing, but timing within the story I am writing. I started a new chapter that is partly a re-telling of a scene from another character’s perspective. It is more of an overlap of two scenes, but the point is to tell it from two perspectives. That’s where the difficulty came in. Getting the timing right was harder than I expected.

These two characters are having different experiences in the scene, with the first being actively involved and the other being an observer. They enter and exit the scene at different times. That’s all well and good, except for making the timing work with the rest of each of their respective stories. They each came from somewhere doing something, and after the scene they each have somewhere to go. The timing of all of this is just plain tricky. It made writing the scene twice equally tricky.

I decided to just write the scene now and fix the timing later. It’s not the best solution, but it’s a solution I can make work. It won’t be the case in the end, but for now, timing isn’t everything.