Thursday, March 22, 2007

Plotting, plotting, plotting

Sorry, I didn't know anyone was hanging by a thread for the answer to my dilemma. I did resolve my issue since it's near the end of the novel and I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone, I won't be divulging my secrets here. I also was able to find out the motivations for my characters as they move through the story, now I need to weave it into scenes. I still don't have a handle on my hero, but I'm willing to let him fall out as we move forward with the story. I'm sure he'll tell me his secrets as it develops. Meanwhile plugging along.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Just Write

So my husband apparently thinks that reading and learning about the craft of writing is a complete waste of time. We don't see eye to eye on this issue. I do see the point of just writing and getting something on paper and maybe if all I wanted to do was sit and write all day and not worry about a cohesive story line and characterization, I could do that right now. I didn't sit down one day without any training and perform an audit simply by stating "I already know how to do math. This won't be too hard." I spent 4 years in college, 16 hours taking a qualifying exam and several weeks of training before sitting down at a client's to perform an actual audit. So forgive me if I'd like to learn something about the thing that I've wanted to do since I was a child. Instead of writing a piece of tripe, I'd like to at least understand what I'm supposed to do. So in continuing along that vein, I'm currently reading Characters, Emotions & Viewpoint in the Write Great Fiction series from Writer's Digest. And I have plenty more books where that one came from. :)