In the past few months I haven’t touched my current WIP, nor have I started another. I’m determined to learn more about the craft of fiction before I take another crack at it. My plan is to read and study, then plot and map out a story, and then start writing. After I finish my draft, I’ll pick up “Self-Editing for Fiction Writers”and polish it up.
Good plan, right?
My biggest struggle has been deciding WHAT to write – improve something I’ve already written or start something new. I haven’t been looking forward to making this decision, but I don’t need to worry about it anymore. My brain already decided! It didn’t consult my heart, nor did it let me debate or analyze my options. It just started working.
As I read “Plot & Structure” I’m experiencing one “ah-ha!” moment after another. Those “ah-ha!”s are in the form of, “That’s what’s wrong with Callie – make her do this!” and “That’s why the plot wasn’t flowing – change this!”
Every page I read shows me an error in my most recent WIP, then I figure out a way to correct it. I could start a new story, but I’ve got this stuck in my head now. The more I learn, the more I apply it to what I’ve already written…I just can’t help myself!
So there you have it – at some point in the future I’ll be returning to my WIP.
And on that note – HAPPY SUMMER! I’m switching my summer background to cherries in honor of The National Cherry Festival (which happens every July where I live).