But I Don’t Know Where My Scene Is Going
What Do I Do?
Ever thought that? At least it’s not so tragic as wondering why I’m writing this story.
Still…the scene seems pointless and…just…won’t…end. Stumble through to the end…or delete it?
Plotters have at least one advantage over plotters (they often call themselves discovery writers). If nothing else, I’d already beat my head against a wall figuring out a story flow. At least I’d had a vision, once, long ago, before putting any words to paper.
Bridge At Chelson Gorge First Draft Thoughts (1)
Writing The First Draft (1)
I stared at a writer’s nightmare…
…a blank page.
My stomach fluttered and my breath caught.
What if no words came? What if I conjured up nothing?
No matter that I’d conjured up a series arc, and that, after endless dithering, a novelette sized story idea emerged…hopefully 12,000 words. On splitting my Scrivener screen, with scene notes on the right…that left screen, so pristine, pure, free of words gave me pause.
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
What If No One Noticed?
In his book, On Writing, Stephen King shares the mind-boggling number of rejections he earned for Carrie before someone took a chance on him. He makes it sound like enough rejections came in to insulate his attic room.
And…in some tiny, laughable way…I share his hurt.
I’ve labored over my WIP for years. I might go look but I don’t want to…but I think it’s four. I’ve let eight people read all of it. And I’ve carried it as far as possible without submitting to scene by scene critiquing, but courage fails me.
Eight Stories of Fantastic Adventure
Life threw us a curve…and we weren’t prepared. It punctuates a dreadful 2017…it cannot go to the grave soon enough. Too bad memories last a lifetime.
Long drives back and forth across Wyoming offered an escape from things closing in, giving me time to ponder whether to quit writing, or continue. Surprised that question even occurred, I wrestled with it before deciding to try a series of novelettes. With only 12,000 words, they won’t take as long to write, which means quicker feedback, unlike 130,000 word novels which take at least a year. But, am I skilled enough to write a series arc?
Covers, Titles, Names, and Blurbs
Packaging Everything Together
The writing process is known to those knowing it well.
Except…some of us don’t know…not a smidgen.
No matter what coaching we get, as some point we must undertake our journey. I discovered creating novels not unlike scaling Grand Mesa near Grand Junction, Colorado, except another mesa always awaits, obscured by clouds. And I’ve ascended rock faces beyond counting – concept, outlines, first drafts, revisions beyond number, and edits without end.
Thoughts On A Book Blurb
Growing A Blurb
Last time, I promised to report back if I got any feedback on my blurb. And…I got feedback…so here I am.
But, let’s back up a little. In an earlier post I mentioned Beth Bacon’s suggestion of writing blurbs in four parts: (1) Situation; (2) Problem; (3) Hopeful Possibility; and (4) Mood.
And I did…and hated it. Someone commented that each paragraph felt like the end…and wished it had.
Ouch. Continue reading
Thoughts On A Book Blurb
Does Anyone Look At These Things?
Blurbs…words on the back of paperbacks…ones we read if we get past the cover.
Does anyone read them before deciding?
Honestly, I’d relegated blurbs to that pile of I’ve got to do this before I finish…until I handed my old Paperwhite to my sister-in-law the night before we came home.
At breakfast, she had it.
My mouth got dry and my heart raced.
Then she turned to me. “The battery ran down so I didn’t get far. But you need a synopsis…or blurb…or something. I can’t tell what’s going on.” Done, he handed it back and went off to pack.