On writing, reflecting and taking stock
After the whirlwind that was November, I haven’t done any writing since. It didn’t feel right to jump straight in to editing and I decided to take a step back and take stock of what I have been doing and where I want to go with the novels.
I’m reading a book called Story Engineering – Mastering the 6 Core Competencies of Successful Writing, by Larry Brooks and it’s like a revelation to me. Someone tell me why I haven’t read this book sooner? Honestly, if there was ever a formula for successful story writing, this is it. The six core competencies are concept, character, theme, story structure, scene execution and writing voice and the author shows you how to put them together (and more importantly, in the right order) to make your story work.
I know, reading this book, that I have all the right elements to my story, but before I begin working on it again, I need to make sure that I put it all in the right order. Perhaps the weakest area I have recognised is the character arc of my protagonist. His journey and how he develops throughout the story needs to be more defined. Again, it’s all there, but it just needs more work.
Yes more work, lovely, but that is the nature of the game. Writing a novel is a learning curve and it’s amazing how difficult it is to get right. I’m prepared for that work though because I want to get it right. Jake and Sophie are like real people to me (sad, I know), but their journey from meeting under the sad circumstances of her sister’s disappearance, to growing as individuals and perhaps as a couple, is desperate to be told. I owe it to them and to me.
So it’s Christmas soon, which means busy time of year and not much time for writing, but with the start of the new year, it’s back to work and trying to nail this thing.
I can’t believe the year is almost over, it’s crazy. Have a great Christmas everyone.
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