147.G.5.c, or Page numbers apparently mean nothing to me
I really had no idea it was going to get this complicated. Once again, however, I’m writing the sections as they are coming to me, rather than in the order they will appear.
In this particular case, that last comment has extra import, because the scene I’m currently writing will not be appearing in TDYK at all. It is happening during the same time as TDYK, it has a tremendous and impact on the outcome of TDYK — and future installments, as it turns out — and it involves almost all the same characters . . . except for Kelly. As such, because of the first-person point of view I’ve chosen for the story, the scene cannot appear in this book.
Why am I spending so much time with it, then? Because it is so important to the story (of this book and the bigger picture). I’ve already discovered things here that are generating a far more interesting and engaging end for TDYK, than if I had relied on a note like: ‘and then some stuff happens over here that results in X’.
This is because, while the scene itself will not appear, Kelly will engage with some of the participants afterward, and said events will necessarily color the resulting interactions. I’m still not sure just how much or little of that scene will be revealed, and through what ‘lens’, but this makes it even more interesting for me, and hopefully for the reader too.*
This is, actually, one of the reasons I like the first person PoV. I appreciate the flexibility of the 3rd person and the creative uses therein, but there’s something very compelling for me about a well-used first-person book or movie, when the reader or audience is limited to the same knowledge as the protagonist. For me, this is the great relationship: When the reader/audience and writer/director share in the ‘discovery’ of the story, the rationales, the explanations, the mysteries.
But this post has already gone on almost as long as this morning’s writing, so I need to stop this and get back to that.
And hopefully get back to page 151. That would be impressive, at this point.
One more thing: not being sick is very, very good.
* Cue inevitable fears of not getting this right and alienating folks with what come to be considered unnecessary or uninteresting scenes/conversations/et cetera.