Sunday, June 29, 2014

Finding Plot within Characters--Simplified

The first step in finding a plot for a character based novel is knowing your protagonist well enough to understand how she will make a transformation throughout the story.

It is that transformation that becomes the plot.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I am NOT a Fuck Up--Part 1

You're a writer and everyone else is doing better than you.

It doesn't actually matter.

You need to insist you are not a fuck up and that you make your own path.

In my last post, I revealed that it took me over ten years to begin to write this novel 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Just Beginning...

While I'm just beginning this blog, I'm a few years into the book. Many, many years of thinking and over one year of writing.

I'm still just trying to get through the story. My tendency is to build characters and scenes, to try to find what's really there, behind the action and the talk, to let my characters do what they will. Unfortunately, characters don't always do what you tell them to. Or even if they do, they do it half-heartedly, like they're saying, silently, "Okay, I'll go through the motions for you." So the story doesn't always do what I want it to--or it takes forever to get there.