There are so many things one must keep in mind when writing a book. To many, these things can seem overwhelming and thus they never try, or try only halfheartedly.
Plot. Setting. Characters. Dialogue. Action. Movement. Flow. Believability. Point of View. And this list goes on and on.
I’ve been writing for many years and I still become overwhelmed by everything that goes into writing a novel. I threw my self into research, drinking the knowledge of writing like water. I couldn’t get enough. And I still don’t know everything. And my writing has suffered for it.
I know what a plot is, I know why it’s important, yet I can’t tell you what the plot of any given novel is. I know my novels have plots, I know what the plot points are and I can see the plot arc unfolding in the story, but I couldn’t tell you what the plots are.
Before I began my literary learning, my novels settings were vibrant and complex. After I drove into the learning, my settings faded into the background. I sacrificed the setting to trim the word count. Now I struggle to revive my settings.
Characters. If one thing bloomed in my writing by my learning it’s my characters. They’ve grown to feel like real people. Even though I know they are fictional, I can’t help but look for them when I’m out in public.
I won’t go into every aspect here, but over the last few days I’ve realized that my writing really has suffered from all the research I’ve done. When I sit down to write, I’m more worried about the ‘rules’ then the story. I still love to write, my heart flutters every time I sit down to write, but the product is weak and dull.
So, over the next few days or weeks I’m going to explore every aspect of what goes into writing a novel and try to revive the glow my writing use to have. As I come across them in my final revision I’ll discuss them here. Hopefully I will be able to unlearn so of the things that have harmed my work.