Having Written A Mouthful of Candy, or, Pussycat

For me, one of the most difficult, time-eating lesson about writing a story is this: Just get it done; pretty doesn’t matter.  I heard, from Pete Barnstrom and Jamie Nash, the term “vomit draft”.  It’s a great one; I knew exactly what it meant.  “Sketch draft” doesn’t feel as viscerally dramatic.  I even neglected two …

Writing A Mouthful of Candy, or, Pussy

I like the satisfying feeling of an intense editing as much as anyone.  Still, the page count is remarkably high, and it’s not even what most would call Act 3 yet.  I’m a bit curious what will stay and what will be cut; it may end up twice my goal of a maximum of 90 …

Writing Where Babies Come From, Pt2: A Mouthful of Candy, or, Pussy

I wrestled with a big scene yesterday, and again today; one featuring everyone’s favorite character from Sour Grapes of Wrath, Jimmy Cristo (as portrayed by the incomparable and mighty Jason Fraser). Just as I approached my morning job, I had an appealing idea that brought a new element to the scene and character. Now that …

Patterns: Writing A Mouthful of Candy, or, Pussycat

I lost track of how many pages I did today; it went well, and I made it into what Blake Snyder would call Bad Guys Move In, approaching what Christopher Vogler or Robert McKee would call the Belly of the Beast.  I think I’m making good progress and that today I got on a lucky …