Friday, October 29, 2010
What a mystery this writing is--obsession, really, a calling for sure.
Now need to write a new Plot Point Chart for House of Cuts--will work to get it finished first. Love the charts from Writer's Digest, Dec. 2006 "All Mapped Out," Daniel Steven, Dec, p. 46. You can go to this web page to order back issues--would be worth it to get these plot templates, in my view.
Write hard, die free.
Monday, October 25, 2010
I guess this is the jarring time you hear about when you have to toss out that first awful novel and start the next one. So, I'm going through all 19 chapters and slicing out the parts that belong to a literary novel, Amy's Mother for lack of a better title for now.
Then rewriting House of Cuts as a suspense thriller with edges of wacky humor.
A couple lines from a Mary Mackey poem pop into my mind, not sure of the punctuation, sorry:
Out of the one, two
Out of the still point, the multitude
Yikes and double yikes!!!!! Sigh, sit in the chair, and just keep going. Driven by some kind of mystery.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Getting my 20 pages of House of Cuts all polished to take up to the Novel Writing Workshop this weekend. Have to make 8 copies for this in-depth event in a small group, meeting in a Victorian home (painted orange and green--how's that for near Halloween?). You read your work aloud while others follow along on their copies. Then Lucy Sanna and Antoinette May lead an hour-long critique session of your work.
Can't wait to see what I learn this time!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
We came up with six ways to increase tension:
1. Fool the reader about the character’s consciousness state: Dreaming vs. reality.
2. Have the character wonder about another character’s desires and fear them.
3. Give access to the character’s worried thoughts and doubts over a secret.
4. Describe the character’s physical manifestations of worry.
5. Show the character make an assumption that the reader could see might be wrong.
6. Add in adverbs and adjectives used by professional writers in an effective suspense scene.
I used #s 2, 3, and 4 for a scene in Ch. 2, House of Cuts, that really kicked up the tension! Onward to prepare for next week's Novel Writer's Workshop in Moke Hill.
Great to see such a lot of Comments *:)
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Getting 20 pages of HofC ready to take to Moke Hill novel workshop soon--a useful two-day event for a small group in which we read out loud our 20 pages to about eight people and get their critiques, one of them being Antoinette May http://www.antoinettemay.com/ and the other Lucy Sanna http://www.lucysanna.com/
Got rich, helpful feedback from this process last Oct. and want to give it another go.
write hard, die free!
Monday, October 4, 2010
As Tom Robbins says in Even Cowgirls... WOW, WAHOO, WHOOPEE, WHY NOT, AND WHEW!