When you work on a project like a novel, the trick is to keep coming back to it. Frequently. Hopefully, every day around the same time.
To do that you have to allow yourself to not be intimidated by the scope of the story or waylaid by some of the things life can throw at you. And just so you know, the former is not a problem for me. I actually can stare at a page (and not type a single word) for a couple of hours as the blood seeps from my brain. It’s the latter that sometimes stumps my ability to actually put words in a straight line so they make sense in the story.You know, how sometimes you just want to start screaming “Why?Why?Why?Why?”
Always getting no clue. But that is absolutely how life is.
Sorry, life is not full of answers. But it does have a way of presenting endless questions. It sucks, I know. So if you’re out there wondering “WHY?”, you’re not alone. There are innumerable hordes of us suckers out there wondering where the truck came from that left us with our hearts and brains oozing out on the street. Not all of us are trying to write a novel though. For us its a special problem. We spend an inordinate amount of time in our skulls anyway.
So if you are trying to work on your masterpiece, just realize that tomorrow is another day. YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS ONE. This day. This minute. Get mindful about right now. And for the love of God don’t trust your feelings. The human heart is a lying bastard. I promise you that’s a universal truth. Nowhere is it written that you must believe your thoughts (read feelings). It could be part of the reason you’ve been at 17000 words for the last six weeks. Believe me I understand.
Sometimes you just gotta pull a David Farragut on that stinkin “Why?” and say “Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead.”
And sometimes — it works.
Be well. Keep at it.
Well, folks, here you go. The cover for Paladin’s Way ~ Soulstone.
The release will happen on September 1st. Via Amazon, of course.
Best wishes to you all.
Just released this short on Amazon as a prelude to my first main novel, Paladin’s way ~ Soulstone. I’m excited as a kid at Christmas. The short (About 20 pages) is at www.amazon.com. Hope you’ll check it out. I also hope to do a cover reveal soon for Soulstone. It’ll be awesome IMHO.
My family has been great as I flop and twitch and mumble getting ready to do the debut. I’d go crazy without them. I’m grateful to them.
More good stuff coming soon. Stay tuned. See you again soon. 🙂
Source: Maugham on rules for writers
A good rule for writers: do not explain overmuch.–W. Somerset Maugham
I have to say one thing about scene creation I’ve seen over and over as I search for lessons on craft. If you want to write a novel you have to make trouble for your main character.
You know, put him up a tree and throw rocks at him. Two dogs and one bone. You get the general picture.
It’s what novelists DO.
I found a Jewel by a master that explains the concept in a way that lets you get your head around it. I just can’t say enough to recommend this to anyone wishing to understand an essential aspect of story-craft.
One more time. I say again. Essential Aspect.
But you know what? With a little practice it can become a part of what you do naturally.
Conflict and Suspense by James Scott Bell
Seriously, check it out. Keep on writing.