Karalee’s Post #90
Our writing group is busy preparing for our fall two day retreat meeting starting tomorrow. We do have a long to-do list and it does have a lot to do with writing fiction.
On the other hand, we need to stay focused in order to make sure the list doesn’t remain in the to-do category.
I’ve recently gone back to the basics in outlining a new manuscript and already feel a bit stuck.
If you believe in karma, meant-to-be concepts or in sheer luck, it does happen at times.
I follow a blog by C.S. Lakin called Live Write Thrive and she sent a title today called ‘Ramping Tension to the Max in Your Novel’. Now I don’t know if you experience this phenomenon, but when I’m stuck, or on the verge of understanding a concept, or need to learn about something in particular, often the solution arises from unexpected places. Sometimes it is downright eerie, but maybe every so often my stars align or something.
So when Live Write Thrive popped up in my inbox today it must have been meant to be. Not only does it address the topic of tension, and the concept suddenly became clearer to me, she also gave a her checklist at the end of the blog to go through in designing and writing your novel.
All in one place! My lucky day, but then, I was ready to delve into the whole topic and much deeper than before as my learning continues.
Her checklists are as follows and each are definitely worth a close read:
- concept with a kicker
- protagonist with a goal
- conflict with high stakes
- theme with a heart
- plots and subplots in a string of scenes
- secondary characters with their own needs
- setting with a purpose
I’ve discovered that learning about writing also teaches yourself much about, well, yourself. Me, I have a whole book in my head at once, but have difficulty talking it through out loud as well as having my story flow like a movie on the page.
So thank-you this week C.S. Lakin, I will definitely work through your checklists!
Last week I touched on the release of Kindle Unlimited. This week in the blog Build Book Buzz readers are encouraged that when they download with Kindle Unlimited to read 10% of each book. Why? If they don’t then the author doesn’t get paid.
Just another little point for us aspiring authors to understand in the self-publishing world.