Okay, I’m going to be adjusting my goals. Let me explain.
I’m in the last three or four chapters of my book and I’ve been getting writing done towards them. Writing I like. Mighty writing. Some days are tougher than others, but that’s par for the course especially for a newbie like me. Despite my progress, it’s been bugging me these last chapters are so tough. Why? The rest of the book was WAY easier to write. I was talking about this with my buddy Susan and she offered to help me brainstorm. She just needed a summary to work with. While chatting with my other buddy, Kait, the same subject came up and I told her I’d send her the summary too.
They sent me lightning quick feedback . . . and it was AWESOME.
Even though they were working from a summary, they still threw out enough questions and examples for me to look at my story in a whole new way. The main problem I see? Parts of my story are the dreaded “meh”. In terms of story quality, it’s the worst reaction I can imagine for my work. Even if someone hated it, at least it’s a reaction. Not the desired one, but an emotion none the less. If I put the book out the way it is, I think it’s good. I think some people would really like it. And others would think meh. It held their interest enough to finish, but will there be a lasting effect? Doubt it. I DO NOT want this. So, I need to change my goals.
First on the agenda is to read Story Engineering. As Kait said in her review, it’s the kind of book you read slowly so the information can absorb into your brain. It’s fifty chapters and if I read two a day, I’ll be done in under a month. I’ve already read the first four. The way author Larry Brooks puts it, the six core competencies he lays out are in EVERY book published today. Knowing them means knowing the structure for any kind of story you want to write.
I’m going to keep working on my vampire book, but I’ll give more time to my short story idea. Writing it will be a good litmus test for my grasp of Story Engineering and what Susan and Kait told me. Plus . . . FUN.
That’s where I’m at. I am really excited because the one thing I know about myself is if show you me the correct way to do something, I can learn it and I’ll do it well. So Represent by Weezer makes a perfect inspirational song for this week. It was written as the unofficial anthem for the US Men’s National Soccer Team, but the lyrics still speak to me as a call to never give up and strive for the best you can do. Sounds like a plan.
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And a head’s up for Thursday’s post: I’ll be talking about one of my favorite movies, Regarding Henry and how it impacts my WIP more than I thought. For some reason it’s not on Netflix, but it is available to rent on Amazon and itunes if anyone wants to watch it ahead of time. Even if you don’t, you’ll still be able to get something out of the post. No spoilers and it won’t be a straight up review.