{Writing Journal} Day 17: Snippets from The Rebel’s Bride

As of today. I’m back to writing The Rebel’s Bride. I know it’s been awhile, but I was having trouble with Chapter 11. First, because the scene I had planned to put there really needed to be moved back a few scenes, and second, because the next scene that I had planned to write wasn’t working no matter how I pushed at it.

Since I’m a linear writer, I have to write in order. There is no jumping around from scene to scene. If I get stuck, I can’t skip over the scene to write the next one. I have to figure out why I’m stuck before I can move on.

The scenes I’ve wanted to work on for the past few days didn’t work for three reasons, 1) Mina was suppose to be really upset to learn that Cynel was a Rebel, she wasn’t, 2) The scene dragged down the pacing of the story by going on for longer then it needed to, and 3) Mina was acting out of character in the scene and Cynel was acting out of character in the following scene. I ended up cutting two scene that weren’t needed.

Total Word Count for Today: 3,360
Total Book Word Count: 33,867


Disclaimer: These snippets are unedited and might be entirely different in the final version.

Cynel stalked toward her, cupping her cheek in his hand. “But it was you we wanted.”

Crossing her arms over her chest so she wouldn’t touch him, she glared up at him. He’d said we, not me this time. “Let me see if I understand this. You wanted me, but thought kidnapping a bunch of innocent women in what looked like a raid would be a great distraction?”

He nodded, his thumb brushing over her bottom lip. His body shifted closer and his head dipped down toward hers. “Yes.”

She put her hands on his chest, stopping him from kissing her. If he laid his lips upon hers, she’d be lost. “Why would a band of Demonii Rebels want me?”

“I didn’t ask.” It was a lie. He knew, or at least suspected why they wanted her.

Mina shoved against his chest. “Was marrying me part of the plan, Cynel?”

His eyes shifted away, more telling them what he said next. “Of course. Lord Bych will never touch you now that you’re tainted.”