I’ve got a rough outline that I’m pretty happy with.
I’ve had a couple of breakthroughs. I’ve identified a few things that really didn’t work with my last attempt at this story. I’ve killed off some ideas, cleared some plot bunnies and added a few more.
The story is both more streamlined and more complex.
It will be the first time I have a cast of several main characters and viewpoints. It’s a challenge but that’s ok.
Now on to fleshing out those characters!
I wanted to put up a couple of posts here that really resonated today.
On the subject of your discouragement
Which lead to the second:
The writer and depression
Now I’m not discouraged. I haven’t been writing because, well, reasons (life, struggles, headspace, nothing I wish to go into right now.) but I wanted to keep and share these.
There is no point to this post other than I really want to see words, any words here.
A long overdue conversation (read: Long, bloody, ugly slugfest) with the shithead is underway.
The recent short story I’ve been shopping around got another rejection this week (the 8th I think).
This one was different…
K.M. Weiland asked me if I would be willing to read an ARC of her new book ‘Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story’ ahead of the August 25th release date and give some feedback and/or review it.
I really enjoyed her other book, ‘Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success’ (It’s becoming painfully obvious that I’m more of a planner than a pantser) so I was thrilled and happy to agree.
Keep an eye on the site for some thoughts about the book. I’ve casually flipped through it already and I like what I see so far. I intend to give it a serious read on my vacation two weeks from now (AFTER I catch up on all the Writing Group reading I’ve been letting slide).
K.M. Weiland is the host of the Wordplay podcast, and her website ‘Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors’ is here.
Richard Matheson passed away at the age of 87.
‘I Am Legend’ is one of my favorite books. It was one of my early forays in the world of science-fiction. (Let me pretend the horrid thing with Will Smith that shares its name doesn’t exist).