Silent’s October’s Oh My.
Agony of the soul.
In other words, I completed my first draft of Scepter’s Sacrifice.
It consumed me, nibble by nibble. I started out living my life pretty much as I always did. Gradually, I stopped writing about much else. As time went on, I thought more and more about my story and my characters. By the end, I took two sick days off to finish my story.
I had such an incredible journey. I kept learning new things every time I turned around. I learned how to write a Logline, a twenty-seven word description of my story. I came to terms with my Main Character, her overpowering need, everything that stood between her and her goal, and all that she risked.
I learned how different stories and plots are. Stories are everything that could have happened to every character. Plots are those struggles a writer decides to inflict on her characters.
I wrote, off and on, for 101 days before I finished. As I wrote, I experimented with writing scenes. My writing voice wandered.
What Do I Think?
I honestly do not know. After all, I only finished it four days ago. I hate my ending. My villains did not fall in the right order (the biggest villain should die last, not third from last). And I wasn’t clear enough in my character arcs, aside from the fact that I have too many POVs.
I’m told that, I’m giving myself an incredible gift, if I stay away. When I finally do read it, I will see it as a reader sees it, not as the writer. For one, very brief period, I will know what I must do to fix it. And I will never have that vantage point again.
Where Do I Go From Here?
I will work on other things. Some, I have already started. I wrote a nano-fiction for Rochelle, Fruits of the Father’s. I enjoy writing 100 word stories, in part, because they are so very different from a novel. My story wasn’t very good, so I know I need to get my touch back.
I might finish exercises I started in James Scott Bell’s Plot and Structure, where I left off after Chapter Four, in part, because I had no middle scenes to fiddle with. I will have 83 from which to choose. If I learn things, I hope to finish everything his book has to offer.
But most of all, I need to study scenes. Even though I wrote eighty-three, I don’t know what I’m doing. If I can figure it out before I return to Scepter’s Sacrifice, I can save myself time and embarrassment.