Lessons I Learned from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Before I hit the sack I have a couple of things to write about what I learned during tonight’s editing session.

  1. My story is waaaaaaaay too complex. The first draft of my novel topped off at about 120,000 words and I am starting to realize it’s because I have too much going on. It’s not even that I have too much conflict. I wish! Rather I’m finding that a lot of scenes I wrote into the story serve absolutely no purpose. Maybe they began as a way to reveal something about the characters but they ended up being these bloated scenes that mean nothing and go nowhere. I might have really loved these parts at some point but it’s time to let them go.
  2. If you’ve browsed through my spec-fic tastes then you know I’m all about some geekery, and if you’re a fan of the same kind of stuff then you know that spec-fic is packed with awesome examples of how a plot should roll. Perfect example: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I’m talking about the show, not the movie, n00b.) In every season of Buffy there is a Big Bad–an evil entity who is trying to make the world go boom! This is uber-important for me to remember because in the course of the first draft I veered away from the super-dooper bad guy conflict and got wrapped up in all the minor conflicts. Don’t get me wrong, all those little conflicts are great to read, but they need to tie into the main conflict in some way. If the little conflicts aren’t messing up my protaginist’s plans to resolve the problem she’s faced with then they need to get the old hasta la vista, baby.

And that’s where I’m at for now.



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