• Writing

    Getting from Point L to Point M

    I’ve spent the last two weeks working on a single scene in my draft. One. Single. Scene. I have this picture in my head. I see how it was supposed to happen. I see the progression of events, and I know what happened afterward. I see the distinct body mannerisms, and I know how I WANT it to go, but I have been struggling to get it down on the page. I remember a paper I had to write in high school. We were working through several stylistic exercises, modeling our writing after Hemingway or Steinbeck. Using shorter sentence structures. Or longer ones. No adverbs, no adjectives, or tons of…

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    Surprises and Originality

    What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9 I’ve been working through my plot. Figuring out all I want to put into this book, because there’s so much to this story and not all of it is going to end up in this book. All of it affects the story in some way, but not all of it is going to be actually written down in ink on the page. As I’ve worked through who is where, at what point in the story (which is turning out to be harder than I initially thought, by the…

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    Excerpt #1

    I’ve been doing research, reading other authors, trying to make my writing better and into more of something that other people will want to read. And the more research I do, the more I try to classify and refine and mold my writing, the more I’m finding I’m not any other writer. I have a story in my head. I have characters I’d like you to meet. Some of them, I’m sure you’ll dislike, and others I hope you love nearly as much as I do. But my story isn’t like anyone else’s. I can’t force it to be something different or even something more. All the research has been…

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    Dead Ends or U-Turns

    I finished a chunk of my book this week. It felt like this huge victory. Yes! Done. And then I stared at the cursor blinking and stared….and stared, and my fingers hovered over the keys and there was nothing else. I’d finished this section that I’d been planning and working on, and I hadn’t put much thought into what came next. The same day, I had a conversation with my daughter. She’s been doing gymnastics for about a year, and is so motivated to perfect these new skills she’s learning. She’s focused on getting every step correct. Beginning, middle, and then she gets so excited that she’s getting close to…