|How I see my heroine, Katherine Shaw. PHOTO CREDIT|
I decided that since my children are back in school now and my routine is back to normal, I need to focus more on blogging about my writing journey since, well….that is what this blog is all about 🙂
The only problem is that I don’t like talking about my current WIP, The Awakening of Katherine Shaw. I honestly don’t know why this is the case, but it is. It even made me cringe to type the title just now.
Okay, that’s a lie. Not the cringing part, but the not knowing why part. The truth is that it’s Fear of Failure. She’s a bitch if you’ve never dealt with her before. The more I talk about a project, the more expectations build around it and I’m scared I won’t deliver.
There. I said it. I’m scared.
And I posted Friday about Fear and how I wasn’t going to let it keep me from moving forward. I didn’t get very far, huh?
Well, I’m kicking it in the teeth today and moving on anyway!
If I don’t blog about my WIP I know I’m less likely to work on it like I should because I need accountability.
So, I’m forcing accountability upon myself 🙂
This is where I am:
- I’ve written the first draft and gone back through it, revising/rewriting and looking for problems. So, I guess I’m really now working with the second draft though it still feels like the first 🙂
- My plotting sucked so I’m now digging deeper and finding ways to repair it.
- Today begins a whole new outlook. Friday I played with the POV, changing from 1st to 3rd person limited from more than one character. And I liked it. And it worked better for this story. I claim the right to change my mind at any time, but for now, I like 3rd better than 1st which is usually not the case for me.
- Originally, the inciting incident took to long to get too. Far too much backstory/set-up took it’s place. Readers are a product of a cinema culture. Can you think of a movie that spends the first thirty minutes telling you what happened 10 years ago? Probably not. (Unless the inciting incident happened 10 years ago). Whatever event sets things in motion usually occurs early on. It should be that way in novels too.
- Point Of View: I’ve struggled with this since I started writing. My heroine, whose POV this is originally written in, has too limited knowledge of what’s happening. It takes away from the story. I’ve tried telling it from the hero’s POV and that was always easier, but it wasn’t his story alone to tell. So…now I’m attempting to write in 3rd person limited. I’m studying Deep POV and alternating between the POV of the main characters to which this story is happening. So far it’s a much better view of their world, their plight, and the conflict they face.
- Lack of sequence of events following an action: The typical rule of thumb for the sequel which comes after a scene is emotion, thought, decision, action. Sometimes writers vary this sequence according to how the response would typically unfold, but all 4 are extremely vital to fiction writing. Every scene/sequel should consist of action and reaction. That’s what they are. Scene states goal, motivation and conflict and ends in disaster or at least failure of goal. Sequel is the character’s reaction and by nature, we humans react in the ETDA pattern. The sequel also acts as a springboard into the next scene. I’m now going back through, looking at every action and checking to see if the reaction that follows unfolds the way it should.
- Depth of Plot: As I said, I’m spending a lot of time on my plot. Originally the stakes weren’t high enough for anyone involved, and the conflict wasn’t great enough. As they say, the writer should get the main character up in a tree and then throw rocks at them. I was throwing pebbles. Sometimes she wasn’t even in the dang tree. I’m changing that now.
- When this idea came to me, I knew the endings of Parts 1 & 2 concluded with the heroine attaining her goal, just not how she thought she’d attain it. She also ends up seeing a portion of the bigger goal as a result. The problem is that the endings are sort of cliffhanger-ish, which I love, though I know many people don’t. These are not stand-alone books so far. Which is another worry for me since agents/publishers often say that’s a hard sell for a new author. Unfortunately, if I change the endings, it won’t be the same story. So…I will be researching books that end in a not-so-typical way. Because as of now, the endings of this WIP are not happy. Granted, the main plot arc is wrapped up, but it ain’t happy. And reader’s may hate me.