The problem with this writing for 15 minutes (or so), is that it takes me five minutes to come up with something and then ten minutes to get into it, and then I don’t finish. For example, yesterday’s post was left kind of mid-scene. Summer calls Katz, who tells her to come to the new boat (Captain Mike’s boat). She says, what about the equipment already on the Osprey? He says, Captain Mike’s boat is fully equipped. Who did this? And the detective also wants to know. Katz says he supposes it is the eco-terrorists who’ve been attacking research vessels. Summer says, I thought that was only in Japan. They’ve spread to South Africa I guess. The detective follows her over to the new boat, which is a different part of the harbor.
So – as soon as the location changes, the scene changes. Did Summer achieve her scene goal (to load her stuff onto the boat)? No, and furthermore she’s got to go to a different area and she has a detective interested in the expedition. Where did the detective come from, oh subconscious of mine? I have to explore that later.
The two writing books that I’ve just read (Story Engineering and Write Your Novel From the Middle) said that there’s about 50 to 60 scenes in a full-length novel (90 to 100k words). Screen plays get 120 pages (or so). A short story (like this one) should be 7500 words. A search on the internet suggests that a long scene is 1300-2000 words. How many scenes make up a chapter? One person suggested that it isn’t bad to have a scene per chapter. I haven’t looked at too many books with this in mind, but I suspect that it is either a scene (goal conflict disaster) and sequel (reaction dilemma decision) or two per chapter – which would make the story either 50 chapters or 25 chapters depending.
Another number to ponder is the number of words per page: 250 on a double spaced times new roman font size 12 8.5 by 11 page. Six hundred words in a scene divided by 250 words per page is 2.4 pages. Of course, not many people are printing out their pages at this point, so that size is all dependent upon the software used.
Numbers. Bah. Just write it.