On Writing & Storytelling: The Third Chapter is ‘In the Can’ (at Least in First Draft Mode) – So, We’ll Meet Again…Tomorrow

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Hi, everyone. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, April 27, 2023. I just finished the fifth and final scene of the third chapter of The New Story, and as soon as I finish this post, I am taking the rest of the day off from writing. I’m tired; not only did I write close to 1,400 words (a more “normal” amount of writing), but I woke up super early – like yesterday, for no apparent reason, except maybe a need to press on with the story. (I’m not complaining, mind you. I’m just stating facts.)

Anyway, yeah. As I said in last night’s blog post, I thought that the scene I wrote yesterday capped the story’s third chapter and that I would start the fourth with today’s output. The story – which, I swear, has a mind of its own – had other ideas, so I wrote an added scene that takes place a few hours after the previous one. I’ve read it a few times before popping in to write this post for A Certain Point of View, Too, and – in my biased opinion – it looks pretty good so far.

I would show you at least a little bit from today’s output, but, alas and alack, it has way too many spoilers, and there’s no way I could edit it to keep the cat in the bag, so, you’ll just have to take my word for it when I say that this is some of the best writing I’ve done so far.

What I can say is that I managed to create a story with believable, likable characters in relatable situations, with a blend of reality, drama, comedy, and even some elements of romance. And, of course, there’s music in the mix, as well, as proved by the music video below.

Unlike yesterday, I will not be adding any more words to The New Story today. I wrote just a bit more than the 1,000 words per day minimum Stephen King recommends in his magnificent On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, and I did finish an entire chapter. Thus, my work for the day is done; anyone who says I’m lazy or worse because I need to take a break either has never written anything beyond a forged hall pass in high school or is just a heartless jerk.

Well, enough chitchat, folks. I hope your Thursday has been as productive and rewarding as mine. Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.


Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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