Gallagher: You do realize if you do the helicopter chase scene, you’re going to have to do research. I know what all the switches and buttons do, so you’ll have to know, too.
Shan: Not if I do it in Carmen’s POV. She doesn’t fly a helicopter, so I can say things like “stick thingie” and “a bunch of switches”.
Gallagher: That’s cheating. So…you uncrashed the jet?
Shan: Yup. I highlighted it, cut it, and then copied it into the Cut File.
Gallagher: What the hell’s a Cut File?
Shan: It’s where I paste any words I cut from a story in case I need to change it back.
Gallagher: So there’s like this alternative universe where I’m crashing planes and sticking a gun in Rossi’s face?
Shan: Yes, but I’m horribly disorganized and only have one Cut File, so there’s also a sheriff shooting a bank robber and an alien menage scene you might want to look away from. Oh, and the scene from 72 Hours where you got killed is still in there, too.
Gallagher: That sucked. How ’bout you delete that?
Shan: How ’bout you get on board with the assassination scene choreography and stop trying to repel out of the chopper, and then I’ll delete that scene, k?
Gallagher: I’m not killing that rat bastard from a distance, babe. I’m doing it close up and personal.
Shan: No, you’re not. Doesn’t work with the plot.
Gallagher: It’s my plot.
:popcorn: Character vs. Author. Who will win?
So when’s this coming out? :whip: Tell Gallagher to stop talking and let you write dammit!
I call mine the Amputation file.
I went through it last night and pulled some things I bitterly regret amputating. Put them in a file cleverly named REputation. Haha. Me make up new word. I is clever.
Looking for it in the directory later, I had to wonder what the hell Reputation had to do with anything…