Recently, I posted a synopsis of weeks 1-14 of the Write Your Novel In A Year series by Anthony Ehlers from Writers Write and two weeks ago I posted about Tough Questions You May Be Facing (Week 26). Weeks 15 – 27 are now up (you can go backwards from here). Week 15 starts the draft process with Draft Away and we are currently at Week 27 with Theme As the Engine Of Plot. Here are some of my favorite take-aways.
Week 17: Expect the Unexpected. I love when my scenes turn on their own, like my characters are pressuring me to go in a different direction than I thought the scene should go.
Week 19 is about escalating tension. I need to study that week because I struggle with this. I think my writing is rather flat that way.
Week 21 is All About Character. I am all about character. That is the only kind of book I like to read and tend to throw the ones in which the characters make the same stupid decisions over and over again against the wall. Part of this post talked about what your characters do – the good, the stupid, the irrational. I love that.
Week 23: Reality Bites. Why yes it does. The first statement is, “Bad writing happens – but it’s better than no writing.” So true. And the ‘Pin it, quote it, believe it is from Don Roff’ – “A day of bad writing is always better than a day of no writing.”
Week 25 had a quick hack that suggested, “Take a break from your novel. Go for a short holiday. Get a manicure. Visit friends and families.” My hack should be “take a break from your break. End your writing holiday. Use those manicure nails to type on the stinkin’ keyboard.” Of course, it was in the post about a mid-year analysis, so, that would be a good idea if you are actually at that point.
And this quote from Week 27 sums up some of my most frustrating writing days: “Sometimes we get so hung up on creating the perfect scene, with just the right setting, or finding the right dialogue, we forget about the primal core of our novels.” So true, right?