Friday, August 7, 2009

Smackin' Myself Upside the Head

Vulnerabilities – we all have them, our characters have them. Don’t you wish real life could work them out to non-existence as we write them on stories? Mine’s working out issues in a story that previously eluded me. When am I going to catch them while I’m initially writing? Is that even in the realm of realistic thinking? Questioning, self-doubt – my vulnerabilities.

What are yours?

Currently, I’m working on Ghostly Passions of the Forest. It’s a story about civil war soldier’s spirit which can’t find peace. He’d come home to find the woman he loved and was to marry had died. When the heroine came to try and make amends with the man she was to marry three years before, the spirit latches onto her and gives her no peace.

This was a story I wrote for a NANO project. It’s time to clean it up and get it out the door. So, I’m going through it and removing all the little things you leave in during that thirty day period. In the process of this, I’m revising and fleshing out.

I came across a scene where she begins looking into the previous owners of the land, which is in the mountains of Kentucky. Last night, I couldn’t get past one paragraph. It seemed all wrong and I couldn’t figure it out. So, I went to play around on Facebook where I found three of my son’s hanging out. I’d back to the story every now and again and one time I found the paragraph didn’t work because of the angle I was trying to hit. I rewrote it, but still couldn’t move on. I gave up and went to bed.

Today, I hemmed-hawed around and really couldn’t get my mind to work.

Suddenly, it clicked. What a dunce I felt like! It wasn’t working because I had two characters from the past in the wrong roles. How did that happen? Ha --

Has this happened to you?

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Savanna Kougar said...

Hey, Bekki, not stuck in that particular writing dilemma, but certainly stuck at a paragraph that wouldn't express what I wanted. Usually, these are transitional points in the story... but not always.

Bekki Lynn said...

This is definetly turning out to be a transition and it' working perfectly into what's coming.

Lindsay Townsend said...

Hi Bekki,
Sounds another fascinating story, and well worth working on.
I think your subcon must have worked on it overnight for you.

I find things 'come' to me as if by magic after I've sweated over them. The old sub-con again.

Happy revising!

Savanna Kougar said...

Lindsay, it does work that way often... struggling... and, either, I push the boulders aside or they magically disappear and the words flow.

Bekki Lynn said...

Don't they! Sometimes I do my best work when I'm asleep.

We're doing a daily random word count and page revision in my crit group. So, I decided, since Jewel was contracted, I should get the other paranormal out the door. So, I'm working on it.

It's full of surprising goofs -- makes me wonder what I was doing besides working and writing that month. lol I guess it comes from time and the learning process.

Jane Richardson, writer said...

Definitely. Some things seem like you'll never get past them. Sometimes it helps me just to work at it over and over, keep writing till it works itself out - failing that, just walk away for a while. Questioning, self-doubt? Oh, yeh, in spades. ;-) Glad you got through it, Bekki.

Jane x