Saturday, May 1, 2010

The extra chapter :D

So I finished half of my lap report and I'm still researching coulrophobia. Who knew Johnny Depp--awesome, Johnny Depp who played the closest thing there is to a clown in Alice in Wonderland--was coulrophobic (no, Google Chrome spell check, I do not mean claustrophobic.)

So I'm taking a break for a while, reading off random things on the internet. Then I opened the folder where I keep my short stories, fanfiction chapters, and in-progress novel. Apparently I still have the copy of the extra chapter for FANG: A Maximum Ride novel.

This reminded me of something. I never mailed the extra chapter, so I'll explain why.

A couple weeks ago I saw that there was a contest to write an extra chapter for the book Fang. I didn't really read the rules correctly and thought it said that we couldn't write less than 500 words rather than up to, so I wrote a short chapter, around 2,000 words. In truth, I did it for the money. I know I would have taken the opportunity from people who actually love the books, but I only did it for the money. I've never really liked them much. The first 3 were bearable, and I didn't hate the 4th despite it pushing the message (which I do sometimes, but I'm trying to get better.)

But it had a cool price, so I went with it. When I read the rules back I realized I had to cut it down. I edited all I could but I couldn't shorten the chapter. I couldn't make Dylan fly in half an hour despite that was what the book said. I had to add trail and error. Had the book been written by me, Dylan wouldn't have learned how to fly until his 9th day attempting to fly (or maybe...I would have had to do research.)

In the end I realized I couldn't write it like that, so I didn't send it. I know I completely eliminated the possibility of getting good money out of it, but I couldn't send something mediocre. I know, it's weird. It shouldn't be hard to cut down 2,000+ words into 500- words, but I still couldn't do it right.

It made me think a lot about the Maximum Ride series in general--how they get powers as the plot demands it, how it crosses all the way to science is evil, the Lego genetics, the Luke I am your Father moment, and pretty much everything T.V tropes can cover--because I decided to re-read the books after it. It also made me think about my own stories, so I'm hoping to make things better out moments like this.

Sorry for the pointless post, I'll go back to my homework xD
Becky

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