Wow! I am beyond excited that I figured out the link between my main character and her father! I knew there was something more than him not being part of their magical world, but I didn’t know how it all fit together until today. After a few days of research, working on the Snowflake Method, and then thinking out “what if’s,” it hit me.
I am so excited about where this is going! Granted I’m going to have to trash a lot of what I’ve done, but now that I’m secure in the ‘back story’ of my people, I’ll just look at all those words as “practice.”
I never understood how people could revise their completed novels so much. I figured that once it was done there would be sentence structure changes and the like, but nothing major since the storyline was complete.
Boy was I wrong! I get it now. I REALLY get it. While Letting Go was completed on December 31, 2012, it isn’t finished. It was edited for the spring of 2013, then again for the winter of 2013. After two beta readers read it, I ended up doing some more major changes and was pretty happy with it… But now after my editing/writing partner read it and gave her opinions, I’m ripping it apart and changing it all again.
It’s taxing. It’s frustrating because I thought I had it. It’s exhausting. But, weaved within those same emotions, I also myself amazed by what is being uncovered. My main character who no one could stand is becoming someone I think people can relate too, and the relationship between her and my other main character is blooming into something pretty special.
I guess you just never know until you force yourself to move forward.
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Seriously, I wish I had known about this method years ago! While writing with a vague idea is interesting and exciting (and painful and tiring), this is pretty awesome too. The main reason I resisted it is because anything that requires steps and following a written plan makes me nervous because it seems like all the creativity gets sucked out of the whole thing. I mean, writing is supposed to be creative and explosive, right?!
Well, this snowflake method has shown me that surprises can exist in outlines too! I’ve literally laughed out loud at some of my discoveries during the character descriptions, and I am surprised that even with having completed Letting Go, there are still some major plot changes to be done. At the advise of my beta reader I “snowflaked” my novel, and what was uncovered was a whole lot of better
It’s almost November! This time I’m going at it a bit differently- I’m PLANNING AHEAD! Instead of pantsing it, I’m doing an entire outline via The Snowflake Method. I’ve worked a few hours on it already, so I hope to have a good idea of where I’m going when November rolls around and NaNoWriMo begins.
I’ve been meeting with another author every other Friday, and it’s been great to kick our creative ideas around, get feedback, and keep the inspiration/motivation flowing! I am about 80% done with editing Letting Go, and I have decided I need to shelve The Elements for a bit while I figure out some glaring plot issues/character flaws. I may even need to rework the whole thing, but the thought of ditching 80K words hurts too much to consider right now.
Now that the kids are in school again for the year, I can get back to a more organized schedule of writing, thank God. I am tired of feeling guilty that I’m not writing, and then when I am writing, feeling guilty that I’m not spending time with the kids.
My first official “back to work” day will be Friday when I meet with my beta reader for The Elements. I cannot wait to hear what she thinks of it! Good or bad, I’m ready to hit it hard