Isn’t it amazing when you get an idea and a plan, you can almost certainly count on a detour up ahead?
*Enter Hurricane force winds to wreck your best laid plans*
I was on a roll, was working hard, head down and focused which in and of itself was close to a miracle. And then . . . life happens. LIFE ENTERS STAGE RIGHT.
A writer’s ego is a very delicate and fragile thing. Which is ironic because we are also egotistical, thinking that what we have to say is so important that everyone needs to read it! Conflicted much? Yeah, I would say so!
Battle hardened veterans become tougher with each new battle. We may not always win the battles, but we gain experience and training with each new interaction in the arena. At some point battle hardened can turn into battle weary.
When life gives you lemons. . . . but what do you do if it’s hurling them at you at the speed of 120 mph breaking ball in rapid secession?
You protect yourself of course! Sometimes that means taking cover, ducking, or running out-of-the-way. Sometimes it means curling up into a tight ball and just crying until it passes.
I was on a roll typing away on the latest WIP when the Seven Things To Know mentioned in Confessions of a Writer post came up. As I mentioned I did some real soul-searching based on the friend’s comments. In that searching I made a list of pros and cons about myself as a writer and a person. So I took the abundance of lemons thrown at me and made lemon pie!
One of the ingredients in my pie is my editing skills. I’ve only had two people out of twenty-three that didn’t care for my editing. One was of the opinion that their rough draft was golden as is. I refer to Stephen King on this one – All first drafts are crap! The second one was more of a clash of personalities and lack of handholding on my part. Sorry, but I’m not a coddler. Just ask my kids on that point.
So in that vein, I am doing a new feature on Thursdays. Instead of the ‘throwback’ pictures and such which seems to be the phase going on that book of Face, my Thursday feature will be From the Editor’s Desk. I tried for some alliterative cuteness but couldn’t come up with anything clever.
In a previous post Reading and Writing, I addressed key elements of writing.
- PLOT – what happens, the structure of the story. There are twenty basic plots, and beyond that are variations on those basic twenty.
- CHARACTERIZATION – the way that the characters act or are portrayed to convey the plot.
- POV – the point of view, or perspective that the story is told from. I have written in first person and in third, the current one being in third person omniscient.
- SETTING – the time, place, or even atmosphere in which the story is set.This is the world building that is crucial to your story.
- STYLE – the language used by the narrator to convey the story. The style of Mark Twain is a more casual laid back manner than that of Jane Austin. You know that Twain’s characters are poor folk, where as many of Austin’s works are about an aristocratic class.
- THEME – a universal meaning that your readers will connect to, or most readers will connect to.
My plan is to address each of these in more depth over the next six weeks. Then after that, will be common mistakes that newbies made. (I can speak from the voice of experience here, I think I’ve made them all.) Stay tuned for some tasty tidbits!
Write on my friends, write on!