My first book was a baby that was born and then reborn. In the process of editing, my original file got corrupted. After countless hours trying to recover the file, by myself and professionals, I was only able to recover about five thousand words of the sixty thousand word manuscript. What remained was the beginning and the end of my book. I had to go back and recreate the middle of the story.
After several days of mourning my loss, I went in to re-write the book with a positive attitude, determined to make the story better. One of the speed bumps that I encountered along the way was the recreation of the first love scene. It was the only one I intended to describe in depth.
The first time I wrote it, the time was between midnight and two in the morning, a good time to write about things that go bump in the night (pardon the pun). The second time, it was eight o’clock on a sunny Friday morning and I just couldn’t get in the mood. I decided to do a less detailed love scene and possibly add to it at a later time.
Later, when I read it, I liked the brevity. As a reader, I like the lead in and the after-glow, my mind already knows what happens in the meantime (exchange of bodily fluids).
I wondered if the timing of writing the scene really had that much of an effect on the detail I decided to go with (or not to go with in this case).Do you as a writer have a favorite time for writing the juicy stuff? How about as a reader? Is it really hotter after dark? Or can you get just as steamed up on a sunny Friday morning?
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