Monday, January 10, 2011
What happens next?
In Writer's Digest February issue there is an article - 25 Ways To Improve Your Writing in 30 Minutes a Day. Several writers contributed to the article but it was the first way by David Morrell, author of First Blood that helped the most.
Basically he said that the flow of our story will be 'impeded in two main ways - if we try to make the story do something that it doesn't want to do, or if something in us isn't ready to face the full implications of the work's theme and emotions.
He says to 'literally ask your work in progress , "What do you want me to do? Where do you want me to go with you?" There was more - but you get the idea.
So I decided to do this with my wip - Love By Design - here is how the conversation went... (and if you've forgotten Russ is based on Josh Holloway from LOST)
LIZ : So Russ - what happens next?
RUSS: You have to ask?
LIZ: Yeah, that's what the article said.
RUSS: S - E - X
RUSS: Don't see what the problem is.
LIZ: You were in bed with Victoria for 2 chapters!
RUSS: I can go 3 or 4.
LIZ: Sigh. What do you think Victoria?
VICTORIA: It's not rocket science.
LIZ: Yeah, more like chemistry.
VICTORIA: That's pretty lame. Russ can you believe she calls herself a writer?
RUSS: Well, she created you.
VICTORIA: Listen, woman - he's mine.
LIZ: I know. But a girl can dream.