March 26th, 2013
Revelations In Writing

I’m going to use a southern expression to describe how I’ve been feeling over the past couple of weeks. I have been busier than a cat trying to cover crap on a tile floor. AIDAN’S MATE is finally beginning to wrap up. I should be will be finished by Friday. I’ve been editing as a go along, so the book should be in pretty good shape before I send it off to have others look through it. I have also been working on the edits for my YA. That’s taking a little longer because I’m going slowly through the manuscript. I thought I was anal before, but I’ve reached a whole new level with this book.

Had a weird thing happen the other day when I was reading THE WOLF WITHIN by Cynthia Eden. I was reading along, enjoying the story immensely, when I had a writing epiphany strike. I’m not even sure how to describe it. I’ve been working on a lot of craft issues (show/tell, description, characterization, etc.), so there’s been a lot of things I’ve been trying to keep aware of while I write. As I was reading Cynthia’s story, I realized that her stories are all in motion. The scenes are constantly moving. Again, it’s very hard for me to describe what I mean by ‘in motion’. I’m not talking about scene and sequence, though that definitely happens. It’s like her characters are constantly moving forward in some way or another. I realized that all the authors I admire write this way. The reason it struck me as an epiphany is because I realized at that very same moment that I have a lot of ‘static’ scenes in my books (ie characters in rooms talking). They are discussing important things, but they are not ‘moving’. Seems like a small thing in the scheme of an entire novel, but that one thing actually impacts all the other craft issues I’ve been working on. Dh said it was a ‘bigger picture’ epiphany, which is wonderful. Now I just have to figure out how my favorite authors do it. Laughs maniacally!

It looks like I’ll be re-releasing RED (Dead World series Bk. 1) toward the end of May.

6 comments to “Revelations In Writing”

  1. I figure if the dialogue, action, and character interaction move the story along in an entertaining way with drama or humor, the writing works. A static scene to me is one where none of the above threads into the story, and could be a standalone writing exercise for an English class assignment – like describing in intricate detail the contents of a room, where the reader spends the rest of the novel waiting for the room described comments to have a bearing on the story.

    Congratulations on nearing the end on Aidan’s Mate. I wish you well on the YA edits. 🙂

  2. Bernard, I agree that the above is another description of a static scene, but it’s also when there’s not a physical propelling of the story.

    Thanks! I’ve given you a nod for the book in thanks for your help. 🙂 And thanks for the YA wishes. It’s coming along and will definitely be a better book when I’m done.

  3. Hey, thanks, my friend.

    I guess with me I get cynical about when the next writing revelation arrives. The last one I ran across was a character’s ‘inner turmoil’. I’m a story reader, not an ‘inner turmoil’ reader. Likewise, if I’m enjoying a story, I don’t mind the characters taking a break from pushing the story cart along either. 🙂

  4. Yay epiphany! I think it’s the whole every scene needs a goal thing, that your character’s goal can be just to get across the room but they have to be in pursuit of it with obstacles getting in the way.

  5. Bernard,

    LOL! I get them so infrequently that I’m thrilled when a revelation occurs. 😉

    I read like you do for the most part. I just want to be entertained and that actually has a lot of meanings for me when it comes to reading.

  6. Charli,

    I know logically that needs to happen, but I cannot think about it in those terms or I’ll give myself writer’s block from dropping down into the rabbit hole in my quest to make sense of it. *ggg