Writers Helping Writers

I know I’ve said on multiple occasions how helpful it is to have writing buddies but I’m going to again because of something helpful advice that I got the other day.

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Gotta love helpful advice 🙂

So my main guy in Sapphyre had an abrupt shift in character between his first and second chapters.

In addition, his arc was not working because I didn’t fully know what all should happen as a part of it. They gave me some awesome suggestions with a little bit of “Come on Whitney, you’re leaving out some important stuff.”

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I’ve spent the past couple days working on figuring out plot points and backstory for this important arc and it’s been fun.

Oftentimes, a good writing buddy can steer you in the right direction when you’re struggling. I’m so grateful for friends that help to keep me on the right track.

If you don’t have someone to help you in your writing, look for writing groups. You can find people through NaNoWriMo, schools, and online. Find someone to help. You’ll be glad you did 🙂

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Beginnings

I’m a day late.

Oops haha.

Memorial Day threw me off but I’m back.

I’ve just completed the chapter that is the main catalyst for my whole trilogy.

Originally this chapter started the book because I figured, the catalyst should be at the beginning. For this book, it just didn’t work.

Beginnings have always been a struggle for me because I have a tendency to start at the wrong place. Most of the time I start too late in the story.

My writing group often tells me, pull back Whitney. We need more before you bring us to this point. As of right now, my current beginning is the 4th or 5th one that I’ve written.

So often when we write our beginnings, we tend to work it over and over again because we want it to be perfect. It’s not going to be perfect on the first draft and often times, we only discover where the book needs to begin after we’ve written a bit more.

I’m excited with where Topaas has started and the direction it’s taking. I’m getting to know my characters better and I hope readers will get to know them too.

How do you like to write your beginnings?

See you Thursday!

WD

NaNo Sentences

So at writing group, when we were going over my segment, one member pointed out a few run-on, rambly sentences. I looked at/listened to them and laughed. 

Total NaNoWriMo sentences.

When you’re trying to get words in, you have to try and turn that editor off to not worry about the rambling. Now that NaNo is over for a few months, it’s time to let the editor come on every so often to deal with the rambles. 

My goal with this is to not let the editor take over completely. 

How do you balance between just writing and writing with the editor on?

WD

Sensory Details

I’m working on a scene from the perspective of the main guy of Book 2.  I’ve revised the first bit from comments made by my awesome writing group and then took a look at the segment that comes next in the narrative (which is from my protagonist’s POV). I’m focused on having her hear things (she can’t see him) that have to do with what he did before she came into consciousness.

The  story is taking shape more and more.

I’m excited.

Writing Group

My writing group welcomed a new member this week. Normally, it might be weird for a new person to join us since we all took a novel writing class from the same teacher. However, our fifth and final member is the daughter of said teacher. Welcome to the group Kyra!

I’ve written a pivotal scene and now the goal is to get it tweaked so we have more feelings from my heroine.

Happy writing everyone!

Friends

I have a firm belief that all writers, especially those who write long fiction, need to have other friends who are writers. To add to that, it is best if these friends read your work and give feedback.

My writing group is great because I receive that support in my writing. One thing that has caused me to reflect on this is my friend Andrea, who is in my writing group. The two of us went on a walk yesterday and I started telling her about upcoming plans for book 2 (which the group has been reading). I told about something one character, who we will call M, did. In my explanation to her I shrugged my shoulders and said, “It’s M.” Andrea understood what I was talking about because she knows my characters.

When she said something about one of her characters, who we will call S, she said that S never starts fights. I laughed and said, “but she’ll finish them.”

It’s great to have people who know my characters like I do and how I can know theirs. For those writers who read this, find friends who write and learn to love their characters as they come to love yours.

WD

Slump, Page Turn, Scream

Odd title I know but it’s something that came out of my writing group. Writing is about keeping the reader going. I try to make it so my chapters end in such a way that the reader wants to keep reading.

Each writer does it in a different way. One group member, Julia, ended a chapter with the main character facing a nemesis without a weapon. I got excited when I read it because I knew that something good was coming up.

That should be the goal of all writers. Write in such a way that when people read it they have a hunger for more. That’s done by building great characters and a great plot. When you have all those elements together, you have something worth reading.