I’ve mentioned once or twice that the current draft I’ve been working on has been beyond tedious. I’m changing it from first person to third person POV, from present tense to past tense, and trying to restructure the scenes at the same time with darker, more dangerous elements that amp up the tension and make the story more cohesive. It’s a pretty ambitious revision, and it’s been taking me months.
Currently I’m 75 pages from the end, trying to meet a deadline of February 27th (when I exchange with my writing group), and this week I decided to go back and fill in some holes.
Does anybody else write this way, where you’ll let yourself put bracketed notes-to-self?
[Don’t feel like writing this scene yet, so I’ll get back to it later, but such-and-such needs to happen here.]
I usually don’t, but maybe because of the said tediousness of this draft, I’ve been doing it this time around, and I’ve found that I approve of the scheme.
For example, I actually had fun going back and writing a scene where one of the guys picks up on a girl he’s just met. Somehow the scene didn’t appeal to me when I was at that point chronologically, but a hundred-something pages later I loved writing it, and it was a nice break from trying to push through the last 75 pages (which I now have to get back to). And if I had forced myself to write it in order, I probably wouldn’t have had as much fun, and I worry that that would show.
If I don’t love my scenes as the writer, how could I expect readers to?
Writers and readers, what about you? Do you skip parts that you’re not interested in at the moment? I can’t do it when I’m reading something I’ve never read before, but I know readers who swear by the practice, as in, “It’s one of my favorite books, but you have to skip the boring parts.” Writers, do you go through every draft from page one until the end, or do you skip around?