“I got something… Now what?”
If you’re just hopping into the insanity that is my writing life, check out Parts #1 and #2 or this won’t make sense.
So, I have a main character. I know who she is. I’ve written two pages. She meets a little girl and a dog.
Learn from your mistakes, Jennifer. You need more than this. You only have two months to write and polish this story for submission. There is no room for error. You need an outline. You need absolute direction and form. No room for straying.
Was I stuck? No. Two drives alone in the car gave me four more characters. I have their wants, needs, and desires set in my mind. I know how they will react when meeting my main character. I know what is going to happen. I know how it will end. It wasn’t on paper, but I had an outline.
I went back and looked at the first two pages. Wow. They were beautifully written. Probably the cleanest first draft I’ve ever done.
I took a few key descriptive sentences I liked, and set the rest aside to start over.
In the back of my mind I knew everyone else was three weeks ahead of me. But I knew where I was going now. I had focus.
I knew how the story started. I knew all five character’s motivations. I knew the plot, and I knew the ending. In fact, I could picture it. The publisher gave it to me— it was that odd picture that I could not find a story in three weeks ago. Funny how that happens, huh?
So, I knew where I was going… Now, I just needed to bring my characters there.
10,000 words writing to a deadline… outside the comfort zone of my genre.
This is the real world. Here we go.
In the immortal world of Crush the Turtle: “Let’s see what Little Dude can do.”
- Time to Plot (romancingforthrills.wordpress.com)
- Feeling sorry for Thomas: Why writers need to care about their characters (readhead.ca)