I finished my first book November 2008.
But somehow it keeps going, and going, and going. It’s just like the Eveready Battery.
So why is it I keep going back to it over and over, changing this, tweaking that? Because as I read blogs and sites from established authors or editors, I learn more and more.
My new and improved version wouldn’t be here had I not come across an incredibly informative and educational blog that changed my whole outlook on writing.
I used to be what they’re calling an ‘organic’ writer. While I did a lot of planning and thinking, I just wrote and wrote, hoping the story was interesting and the characters likable.
BOY was I wrong! Writing that way is why, a year later, I’m still rewriting the same damn story. In fact, I’m so tired of rewriting I’m beginning to hate the characters and the words just blur. That’s the point at which you put a story aside for awhile and work on another project. Trust me, after reading this series of articles, the next book will not take more than a few drafts, if that.
Larry Brooks has an 11-part series called Story Structure.This was as good as taking a class in writing. And today’s post, 8/12, is equally awesome with a list of questions writers should be able to answer before writing their story.
Now I have to sit and think back through my original MS, the one in its 100th evolution, and make sure I can answer all of these questions. Sure wish I’d had this information a year ago.
Oh, well, better late than never.