Monday, May 10, 2010

Skipping About

Looks like I’m going to “skipping about”* in writing

Peter Pan: Betwixt-and-Between.
In two ways.

First, after I complete these next couple of scenes, I’m going to jump ahead in my story and write a later scene next. Not uncommon for me. I’m most passionate about seeing certain bits and really don’t want to wait any longer. The section before it will require more thought and planning – and a little listening to the characters – to get it right. It’s the part where Peter Pan devises his great plan (just to have a little fun) and while I know key elements and the outcome, I just don’t want to delve into the details at this time. Right now I’m too focused on the scenes afterward. I’ve been looking at them in notes form far too long.

Second, I had said in an earlier post that I might have changed my opinion on an aspect of the Peter Pan story. The idea switch does not affect the contents of Peter Pan’s NeverWorld thank goodness. But it would have made a difference in this novel. Well, it doesn’t really matter anyway, since I’m skipping it. As it turns out, it had been something I might be able to work in… and although I thought I had a place for it, it really doesn’t add anything to the story. Since it’s in danger of convoluting it, it’s getting the axe. Besides, I don’t think I want to “clear up” that particular mystery of Barrie’s. This novel already fills in many gaps. So what’s my opinion now of this aspect of Pan? I suppose I lean toward what I might have written for this novel, but I still have doubts. Obviously if I answer it fully, it will come in another book.

*You see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies. Chapter 3: Come Away, Come Away! - Peter and Wendy

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