Loisanne's Blog

The meandering path of my life

Changes to be made

Well, as you know, I finished the outline to my story. At least I thought I did. Going back over some of my material, I realized that there was a part that was sadly lacking in excitement and “conflict”. And as you know, stories must have conflict to keep the reader interested.

So, what to do?

Well, It was one particular scene, so I decided to post about it to my facebook friends. I gave them the characters involved, their individual magic ability, the scene parameters and asked for ideas. Only a few writer friends replied and only one of them came up with an idea that made the alarms and lightbulbs go off.

So, I”m off and running again. I’m reworking the whole scene and it’s going a totally different direction. I love it. I”m still working on typing up my outline into the computer ( I haven’t gotten to the scene I’m still working on) but I have a long way to go before it’s done. I realize now that I’ve left some of the important additions out and I have to go back and add them in. Some involve peripheral charaters that need to be included. That’s what’s so great about computers. I can get it all typed out and go back and add or delete whatever I want!

This story has grown and evolved so much since I first started writing it. I totally get it now too…the whole “just start somewhere and get the idea down and go from there” thing. I used to not want to do anything until I had it all figured out. I didn’t want to put anything down until I had it all figured out in my head…had it perfect. Writing is not like that though. It’s like starting with a lump of clay and adding a piece here and there, smoothing it out, building it up, until you end up with a beautiful work of art.

Becoming a serious writer has been a wonderful journey for me. I have learned so much in the last year or more. Some of what I’ve learned has spilled over into my “regular” life. Like working around the house. Sometimes the whole picture seems so overwhelming, so much to do, how could I possibly get it done, that I can’t even find the will to do anything. But I have learned that if I make myself do something, at least one thing, it gives me a sense of accomplishment that sometimes helps me to go on to do a second or even third thing. It’s just that first step.

Ok, I guess that’s enough philosophical self-help mumbo-jumbo for this evening. The coffee-shop is closing soon and I need to get home and do laundry before bed. It’s been a busy day and I’ve got a lot accomplished today…LOL.

Ciao!

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June 7, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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