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Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Maybe one way to approach it is to actually make a real list of all the things I know the reader needs to know, at this point. That way I might be able to avoid going off on weird tangents that are more fun than a grocery list.
Hmm, I'm not sure--in this kind of chapter is it best to get the info out and wrap it up quickly, or is it best to play around in scene for a while? Probably some combination of the two.
I'm thinking of that last wrap-up in Jo's Boys, where LM Alcott gets everybody's eventual fates onto the paper as quickly as she can, hating every minute of it and saying outright that she wishes all the characters swallowed by an earthquake. Ha! I don't wish my characters swallowed by an earthquake (I'm not through with them, not by long shot), but I sympathize with having to write a chapter where you just tell what happened after the story is done.
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