Just Write: Self-shaming Sunday update

I established three key things in my last couple of Just Write blog entries:  my main character, Anna, is relentless in her quest to have her story told, my novel (as it stands) is a big pile of dog poo, and that it is necessary to start all over if I hope to produce something even remotely interesting.

In the last day or two, I’ve set about trying to figure out where I went wrong.  I am embarrassed – and relieved – to say that it wasn’t all that hard.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that I have a foundation problem.  The core inciting incident which is pivotal to this plot driven novel occurs fifteen years too soon.  I arranged the timeline is such a fashion because I felt that it gave my character depth.  This single traumatic incident created the woman she grew to be and dictated her path in life.

Sounds good, right?

Well, at least it sounded good in my head.  On paper – not so much.

Turns out, the time gap destroys the credibility of Anna’s motivation.  If your character has no motivation, you have no story – at least, not one that anyone would waste their time reading.

I have worked pretty consistently this week on a fresh outline.  I am going back to the bare bones with a single sentence tagline, rewritten character profiles, and a basic question and answer sequence in order to sketch out the motivations and obstacles of all involved.

I’ve just started outlining the setup.  I’ve got some good ideas percolating.  So many so that I am fighting the urge to just start writing.  Okay.  I will admit to handwriting one scene, but I promise not to type it until my outline is finished.

IMG_1996This week’s goal = Identify problems; fix problems.

Goal = Met; Problems identified.  Entire story scraped.  New outline started.

Next week’s goal = finish a solid first draft of the setup outline.

Advertisement
Red and Howling

Cartoons about dogs, cats & other animal friends

Discover WordPress

A daily selection of the best content published on WordPress, collected for you by humans who love to read.

Rebecca Bradley

Murder Down To A Tea

Steph Broadribb

the blog of mystery writer Steph Broadribb & Stephanie Marland

The Colony, Texas

City by the Lake

TCPL News Flash

Just another WordPress.com site

thoughts and entanglements

A collective of poems and photos. All photos taken by me unless stated otherwise.

Darkroomstory

Photography by Manos,

Wordsmith Six

Six writers who love words and who read, write and critique together.

Lightscapes Nature Photography Blog

Kerry Mark Leibowitz's musings on the wonderful world of nature photography

Ravenspen

My journey as a writer and my various hobby's .

Saphir Drachen - Writer

The Insanity of Fantasy

Random Acts of Writing

and other tidbits of thought

SM4 Writers

from Advanced Social/Media Services

Pride in Photos

Beauty.Inspiration.Lifestyle.

the hour of soft light...

How do I know what I think until I see what I say? (E.M. Forster)

Top 10 of Anything and Everything

Animals, Travel, Casinos, Sports, Gift Ideas, Mental Health and So Much More!

Imagineer-ing

an adventure in reading, writing & publishing

Beau Barnett's blog

Random musings from a smart-aleck Jesus-loving sports obsessed wannabe writer.

Women People

Rants About Life/Art/Things

weaklyshortstories

Just another WordPress.com site

To Be Aware

It's all about disbelieving your thoughts

Bill Chance

This is Not Going to Turn Out Well

jmmcdowell

An archaeologist finds herself writing fiction — what stories will she unearth?

The Courage 2 Create

This is the story of me writing my first novel...and how life keeps getting in the way.

The Artist's Road

Patrick Ross on Creativity, Writing, and an Art-Committed Life

theintrinsicwriter

A topnotch WordPress.com site

Pete Denton

Writer of British Crime Fiction

Bundle of Books

Thoughts from a bookworm

Rewriting Amanda

A blog about Writing, Reading, and Reinventing your Life

The Absent Historian

Engrossed in books and study.

You're a Writer!

Ideas and encouragement for writers.

Rebecca Guevara, A voice of occasional reason.

Irma Prattle, who has a high rise condo behind my ear, pokes me to write, and when I’m finished she says, “Now, doesn’t that feel better?” My answer: “Yes and no.” I think she wants to be me.

cresting the words

surfing the ocean of language

The Sugarlump

A collection of the sweet morsels in my life

mikeosbornphoto

One man and his camera

cafethreezero

Just another WordPress.com site

New Author Publishing

Experience with me the trials and accomplishments of publishing a novel

%d bloggers like this: