Overall Goal: Figure out my writing process
1. Read more books in my genre.
2. Read more books on craft and apply the lessons to my writing.
And in case you want the full story of why these are my goals, click here.
Well, pretty much nailed all my goals for this update.
Reading the scene section of Techniques of the $elling Writer by Dwight V. Swain which builds on the motivation reaction section I read earlier. The way he puts it, scenes themselves are a series of motivations and reactions. If your current scene wasn’t motivated by your last scene, then one or maybe both of them happened for nothing. And the reader will be really annoyed with you for making him read a bunch of crap for nothing. Take home message?
My crap must be meaningful crap, otherwise . . . it’s just crap.
I’m giving up on Skinwalker.
I made it a third in, well passed the first plot point, but still dragging through it. Can’t put my finger on why it’s not grabbing me. This happens every once in a while where a book just isn’t for me for no concrete reason.
In it’s place, I grabbed a sure thing book, Meg: Hell’s Aquarium. I’ve read the first three in this series and they’re always quick, action-packed reads. Plus, I’ve been reading a lot in first person and wanted something in third, since that’s what I’m writing in.