Thousand Word Winner!

Congrats, Kayeleen Hamblin!  I'll send you your code promptly.  :)

On a complete side note, I had this e-mail conversation with my friend Mandy yesterday, and she gave me the idea to use it as a blog post, so I'm going to just cut and paste our conversation to save time and effort.  I'll color code our parts to make it easier for you.

Karen:  In the last 48 hours, I've written all of a page and a half.  It's just the scene.  When I get her back with [the love interest], there are a few pages at least that will just fly out of me, I know.  (Because I've already written them 3 times in my head.)  But I have to get the MC there. 

Mandy:  I hate the getting to the good stuff parts. That’s when poopy first draft rears its ugly head the most.

Karen:  lol...I was thinking about the slower versus fun parts this morning.  It's like a cupcake.  The good parts (the kisses, the chases, the fights) are the frosting, but you can't just sit down and eat a tub of frosting (okay, I sometimes do, but I shouldn't, and it makes me feel ill.)  You have to have the cake part, too.  I'm wallowing around in batter right now.

Mandy:  That is the best analogy I’ve ever heard. (except for the kisses part, that’s like the burned bottom that gets stuck in the paper thingy) You totally should blog that.

Karen:  Shut up!  I love the kisses.  At least in my head.  

Kristin jumped in at this point:  Yes. Very good analogy.  Makes me hungry.

Karen:  Me, too.  This weather is insanely nice, and I think the Pea just woke up.  I'm going to have to go for a walk and work up my cupcake appetite.  Did you guys hear that there's a gourmet cupcake bakery in Fayetteville?  I hereby put in my vote to meet there (or at least pick up snacks) for an upcoming meeting.

And the conversation spiraled down from there.

FYI, I found this pic on GoogleImages, and I have no idea where it came from.  
My apologies to the creator.  It's adorable, isn't it?


  1. Congrats, Kayeleen!

    This was exactly what I was thinking about yesterday--and what your little contest helped me push through. I hate writing the in-between stuff. I agree. Great analogy! :)

  2. Congratulations to Kayeleen. :)

    I love the analogy!

  3. Yay! Thanks! Having a goal really pushed me through a rough spot yesterday. It was awesome.

    I love that analogy. It really fits.

  4. The slow parts leading up to the fun parts are where I tell myself over and over how much my writing stinks. But don't worry, I leave plenty of self-beating for when I actually get there, telling myself it's not nearly as good as I'd imagined.

  5. Drat! I was so busy writing last night that I forgot you had a contest going on.

    Thanks for sharing you conversation and the cute cupcake picture. That is such a little boy cupcake.

  6. You know what? I had misspelled analogy and went back to change it. Glad I did. ha!

  7. Ha ha ha...I said poopy on your blog :)

    Congrats Kayeleen on a thousand new shiny words and a faboo redbox code.

    The pew pew pew on the pics just kills me. Pew pew pew

    PS I'm totally linking to our convo on my blog.

  8. Karen,

    I'd been thinking this over and when I wrote the first draft of Obsidian I skipped all the batter and wrote only the frosting. Then I went back and filled in the rest. It kept me moving. When great scenes come to you you need to write them, even if they are not in the right order. Besides, usually the filler is emotional and subtext that you probably don't quite understand for your own characters until after you've written your big scenes. You are still getting to know them and their personalties.

    Love the cupcake analogy.

  9. Kim,
    I did that with Elliot, but I think the problem was that I didn't have anything left to look forward to as I was writing. The girl had gotten the boy. The antag had been thwarted. I couldn't bring myself to write out middle dialogue after that. lol!