Welcome to another installment of rewriting the breakfast scene. There’s a reason why this one is so difficult: It’s the central turning point in the first act, the place where Nita and Nick start seeing each other as human beings instead of puzzles to be solved.
CarolC asked: How long should a scene be? Is there a preferred length? Is it okay to have an occasional scene that is really short? Or long? And what about chapter length? How do you decide where the chapter ends and another begins?” Short Answer: There is no recommended scene length or chapter length. Long Answer: Continue reading
Again, thank you very much for the critiques, Kelly S, Office Wench, S, Micki, Amy, and Reb! Here’s the revision. Keep in mind, this will change again and again, and will definitely have to be cut; it’s way too long. But it does try to solve the problems in the previous draft that you all pointed out in your critiques.
When Nick Borgia came out of the hellhole Vinnie Smith called his office, carrying the fiction that Vinnie called his ledgers, Vinnie was behind the bar, a glass in one hand and a bottle of whiskey labeled “Demon Rum” in the other, the picture of thuggish misery. Continue reading
I believe I mentioned last week that I was going to post the second Nita scene for critique practice to go with the critique post over on Writing/Romance. The post over there goes into more detail about how to critique, but here’s the quick-start version (answer any or all of the questions): Continue reading
So spring has sprung here in northern NJ, and with it evidently some really hefty pollen. I’ve been flat on my ass due to over-medication for the past two days, although the good news is, I’ve had plenty of sleep, so I’m feeling sprightly today. Also, now I’m just stuffed up, not gasping for air, so HUGE improvement. Continue reading
I’ve been fighting with the website trying to get PDFs to load and it’s just not working.
Plan B: Load them here and then link to them. So here’s a very old handout so I can see if linking to it works.
Testing . . .
Huh. Why does it work here and not on the website? Off to Google.