Weekly Recap – May 3rd, 2013
My schedule has been a little screwy this week and will continue into the weekend. Lots of off-hour work going on.
Rereading that, I kinda sound like a weatherman.
I managed to crank out a few entries this week. Another article in my Techniques of the Selling Writer series. A slightly funny health scare. And last, but certainly not least, my entry in Oliver’s Liquid Literature flash fiction contest!
I’m pleased to say that I’m making GREAT progress with my current novel. I had a mental breakthrough in the story recently and everything fell into place with my high-level outline.
I have my three acts mapped out, including a climax/resolution. The whole time I was writing the act summaries, I was filled with nervous tension. I could feel my hands nearing paralysis and a weightlessness rising in my stomach. All it would take was a tiny, atomic-sized mistake to burn the whole house down. It never came.
I’m sure things will change as I break the story down into more specific scenes, but for now, I’m as happy as a clam and enjoying the upward swing.
So what was the breakthrough?
Understanding the arc of my primary character. I didn’t realize how important this was until I did it. Once it was crafted, it was like flipping a switch. My mind begin to spit out all sorts of ideas.
This would be a perfect scene because I want him to be thinking a certain way and then this thing happens. Boom! He’s now confronted with something that could change his thought process. So now he’s pursuing his goal with a different frame of mind. Or maybe he’s decided not to pursue it after all. Oh, but then something happens a little further down the road to change his mind again.
Basically, that character became real and all of the disparate instruments that a good story requires came together to form a beautiful song.
The whole process has made me step back and consider character arc in a new light. I really think it’s a necessary ingredient when formulating a plot and I highly recommend this fantastic article that goes into more detail. The first sentence says it all.
Have a great weekend everyone. Hopefully you’re doing something fun and not working like I am.