Hi folks and fellow writers! It’s another Wednesday, so it’s another day to talk about Writing- where we are with our WIPs and what we’ve discovered during our writing journeys.
After a long bout of avoidance and procrastinating on easy stuff and doing everything but working on my novel, I finally pulled out New Project. And ya know what?
No wonder I can’t get past my current point. There’s nothing there! Nothing good, anyway. It’s an info/backstory dump. The story starts in the wrong place. Doesn’t go in depth enough. And doesn’t make the reader care a tiny bit.
Yesterday I threatened to delete the whole thing. But I’m not going to do that. Instead, I am going to start over, using what I have as a base. I think, though, first I am going to do a synopsis, which is an overview of the book, told in 3-4 pages. If I can’t get my act together enough to write a synopsis, I can’t write this entire story.
I really fear that I haven’t thought this out enough. I get to a certain point and think. Well, now what happens? I read books and I see beats of action, information, dialog, everyday events and I think……….where does that come from? How did the author plan that out?
If I think about the longest. story. evar, I had an end result in mind. I had certain things that had to happen in order for my end result to make sense. I also had to show a long stretch of time, to build up not only tension, but believability. I couldn’t have my characters fall in love in chapter 3… I just don’t believe it happens that way and I roll my eyes when I see it.
It has to be the same for New Project. I need an end result. And then I think I need to work backward to figure out how my characters get from Point Z to Point A.
I’ve also upped the ante on myself… I joined a… GULP… writer’s group. It’s a local group for Mainstream, Paranormal and Erotic Romance Writers. It looks like just a few participate, which is REALLY FINE. I need to get out of the mode of only letting people who I know will be nice to me, read my work. It’s time to step out of my bubble a little. The only way I am going to get better is to let people tell me what they think/feel about it and go from there. I’m not really afraid of criticism. I’m afraid of not knowing what to do to fix what’s wrong and having to abandon something I put a lot of work into. One of my Twiends says she has a serious aversion to f*cking up. I totally agree. The next meeting is a few weeks so I’ve challenged myself to get a chapter re-written and out of the way, so that if, by chance, I lose my mind and decide to read some, I’ll have something ready.
Wish me luck and pray I don’t chicken out. I’m liable to.
PS. Apparently as a black person I am not supposed to see or like or support this film, but saw The Help last night and very much enjoyed it. Almost true to the book, a few liberties taken, but an enjoyable film overall. Surprisingly funny, with lots of moments to cheer.