Revising Characters – Arc Lights


Revising Characters – Arc Lights

Shining a Spotlight – An Approach

Read about the quandary after revising my scene structures.

Read about hand wringing after revising my scene structures.

From a craft perspective, how many things do we need for a good story?

In no particular order, I would vote for an interesting plot, memorable characters, and enjoyable prose.

But the right order will lead to less rework. Fix the plot, continue with the characters, and finish with writing style. The quickest way to lose material is by making huge changes to the scene order. With that set, I can bring characters to life without worrying whether their scenes will survive…usually.

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Revising – What Now?


Revising – What Now?

Send It Out To The Critters…Or Fix The Characters?

Read about final scenes.

No good deed goes unpunished.

Finished with my final scene’s structure finally shipshape, I sat, facing a choice. Should I fix the worst SPAG errors and send it out for crits…or…go and fix the character arcs?


…drum roll…

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Revising – The End Of Time


Revising – Those Special Snowflakes

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall

Read about climaxes.

There and back again.

The quest complete.

But when does our tale end? Might we write THE END after the climax, or does unfinished work remain?

Personally…I hate stories which end with the bad guy vanquished. But it took me time to understand those things I should do in advance of bringing the curtain down.

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Revising – Epiphany’s Lightning


Revising – Those Special Snowflakes

How Could I Have Been Such a Ditz?

Read about revising openings.

The MC finally gets it.

Of course, we all saw it coming. How smug and smart we all feel…and devastated.

You know, the part where the MC hits rock bottom after they wrecked everything. And they set this, feeling sorry for themselves, wondering how it all happened. Then…click. They finally understand that thing everyone tried to tell them.

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Revising – Those Special Snowflakes


Revising – Those Special Snowflakes

Four Scenes Writers Better Get Right

Read about revising dramatic scenes.

Every scene must pull its weight.

Still, four scenes stand more equal than others — the opening, epiphany, climax, and final scenes. Beyond any other single scene, flub any one of them and we ruin the cake, just like slamming a door makes a cake fall.

I save these scenes for the last, in part because I need to know the rest of the story. But, also, I cannot run them through the dramatic scene assembly line, instead, handcrafting each one, because each form does something different, unique to the story.

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