I feel renewed!- I have entered two contest in the last week, and am polishing my new novel to shine. Also I have begun promoting my self-published works and trying my hand at the marketing aspect of writing.
I am a member of RWA and a local chapter of writers too. I recently went to our first critique group meeting.
What I learned from that first meeting was- we all can improve. What I had wrote and rewrote and slaved over for the last few months was a start- it is not a destination but its a journey.
I have a long way to go. With the help of these ladies I think my road will have less pot-holes. Do you work alone, or with writing partners? I’d love to hear from others about the writing progress. Now its time to get back to it Write On!
I have been blessed to extend my circle of friends and my learning through different adventures this summer. In NYC at the RWA writer’s conference I met a lady Jessie G who writes M&M romance. Something I was surprised to discover when she told me she is married straight woman with children. It takes a skilled writer to be able to emote in the opposite genders viewpoint. So male/male romance as a genre preference was totally unexpected. And She’s good!
The lesson that stands out the most from RWA conference was a lecture I attended given by Michael Hauge. He showed me how to get into a characters mind and deepen my story with three main ingredients. These are just what I gleaned after going back through my notes.
Know your characters’ IDENTITY, by knowing their WOUND/FEAR/ BELIEF/
What is their biggest fear?
What do they believe/ this must be a lie, but they think it to be true and it’s logical
How are they wounded? (This is the inner conflict founded by something in their past)
Perfect example= Shrek
He’s an ogre for Pete’s sake- he shows everyone he’s frightful, strong and mean, by growling, posting keep away signs and frightening anyone who comes near.(MASK)
Shrek’s biggest (FEAR) is he will never find love/He’s not worthy
He (BELIEVES) if anyone does get close they will run away(Logical because his whole life people have) Scene: When he was only a child his first friend ran away when told he couldn’t like an ogre or have one for a friend.(WOUND)
To keep from facing the fear that no one will find him worthy of love- he portrays the evil ogre so no one can get close enough to find out who he truly is. Which is his ESSENCE= loveable true and loyal friend.
The identity is: the mask used in the real world to protect him from his biggest FEAR, which grows from the BELIEF, created by the WOUND that happened long long ago.
So that short lesson showed me more about character development than any other I’ve read or heard. Now I am going through my characters and making myself define their FEAR/WOUND/ BELIEF to flesh out their identities.
There is always more. More to write, more to learn and more to focus on. Last night I was woke with a dream. I had been contemplating a story line in a futuristic novel I am writing and I couldn’t get it out of my head. So at 3:45 am I took a pen and scribbled some of the things I could remember from the dream.
In the dystopian society of 2250, it all came into place. Library’s, knowledge and communication as we know it is a thing of the past. Because survival took front stage after the devastation of the planet. Obesity and disease were gone, only the strong could survive. But how did the world recoup from the Wars?
I have an idea a what if… an inkling of how and who was paramount to the remapping and renewing of the society.
Now to get it all down, that is the struggle. I had to record it somewhere, Trey Rockefeller ancestor of the family in old NYC could work. But the twist? There are several Dome city’s across the globe and he was involved in raising them all. Why? That is another twist to be revealed in a future book in the series of the world I am creating.
Book one I believe will be called the History Tellers.
I have always considered Peter Pan my hero. “I don’t want to grow up”- I heard him sing as a child and still hum it to this day. Yesterday I changed the picture at the top of the blog to a more current one. NYC home is in Spanish Harlem and today we are going to the movies. YES my family gets me… We are going to see the minions. Yipee! and with any luck we can have hotdogs for supper too.
This month is the anniversary of this blog. I haven’t had many views but I still want to attempt to continue. After joining a writers group I was asked if I had a blog and so I will continue my feeble efforts.
Writing is not as easy as I thought, it is possibly the hardest thing I have ever done. The craft of writing takes into count pace, motivation and conflict. GMC- as I have learned is the most important thing to remember.
G= goal . does every character have one, is your story goal oriented? A character can have inner goals, or life changing ones. but he or she must have a reason for the reader to be interested.
M= motivation. What motivates your protagonist or antagonist? Is there something in there present or past that draws the reader in? This is important but don’t info dump too much set up, begin with action! Prologues are amateurish. Show don’t tell how a person comes to terms with their past and goes on with their future. Sprinkle in tid-bits of background creatively throughout the storyline.
C= conflict. Conflict is something that makes a reader want to know what is next. It is not a simple quarrel or discussion that gets heated.When a fire burns down the house and a once rich kid becomes homeless that’s conflict. When a proposal is ignored and feelings of doubt come to the romantic hero that’s conflict. When someone struggles with what they are to do with their life you have conflict. So in that aspect- I guess I am full of it.
As a writer I face conflict, motivation and goals every day. Writing about them in ways that matter will only help me become a better writer and person. And perhaps one day the world will read my work and think, Wow she can really put onto paper a great tale. I wonder why no one has ever done this before?
So a lot of writing is marketing, who knew? I am sure the successful ones did. I guess I need a better platform, fans and viewers. So I am trying once more to be more active in my writing career. If I am ever to meet the personal goal of giving up a 12 hour shift working for a bank in IT- I should get at it and sit my butt in the chair.
Recent news? I have self-published another book InspireD Interactive Reading and Writing, and have made it free for a few days.
A readers and writers dream book, with places to make each book uniquely yours, Diana Day-Admire gives writing prompts and questions to help the most novice of writers want to record words to inspire others.