As I’m passing the halfway point on my new novel, I’m beginning to worry about page numbers and word count. I have so many placeholders that I’m going to be cutting and filling all over this thing, so I’m trying to flesh out parts that I don’t feel like writing at the moment and would normally use a placeholder in, just so I can get an idea of how long the scene is actually going to be.
Make sense? No? ‘K.
So, right now, I have the Prince’s arrival (which we’ve all been waiting for), but I don’t really feel like writing a reunion scene. So normally, I’d use:
Prince: Hey, Dad. S’up?
King: Just chillin’, you know. You?
Queen: Let’s barbeque.
See? Just a, um, rather ridiculous placeholder that will be filled in later, but it gives me no real idea of how long the reunion is actually going to take. Note: I don’t want it to take too long, so I can’t fill it in with:
King: O Son, mine eyes behold your visage with great joy! Fruit of my loins, the one in whom all my hopes and dreams for the future rest, I say to you, welcome. A thousand times welcome on this glorious day.
Prince: Pater! Thy words warm my heart and set my mind at ease. For, as much as you are glad to see me, I am a thousand-fold happier to behold your divine countenance!
Queen: I said, let’s barbeque.
Equally ridiculous, but taking up more space, and probably more indicative of how much actual space the scene will take with gestures and much more back and forth, not to mention less barbeques.
It’s all part of the wondrous fun that is first drafts. And it’s much less stressful than when I’ve just written something, and I’ve barely reached the end before I think, oh yeah, all this is getting cut. ^_^