Thursday, June 7, 2007

Starting over again....

Well, I'm late posting again today because of the chaos of summer and having my routine blown to smithereens by three children being out of school. :)

It seems that posts from the last couple of days have been about writing, so I'll continue along those same lines.

My big news for the week is that I'm starting over. I'm ditching the first 108 pages of my wip that were not working at all. (Can you sense the distress in my words at having to say that?!) I think I mentioned, maybe on here, or maybe on my personal blog, that the story wasn't going anywhere. And the problem was, I couldn't figure out a way to make it better. So, with Lindi's help last weekend, I started looking ahead and changing my strategy. We got together to brainstorm and to work through some plotting workbooks.

My characters now have different backgrounds. They'll have different motivations and conflicts. Ah! There's a biggie that was missing. Conflict. This time there will be conflict! LOL

Since working on the brainstorming last weekend, I've decided to change it even more. And what's funny is that the characters are going to be more like they were when I first had the book idea. Maybe I should trust my gut instinct more next time.

Do you have gut instincts about books? Do you trust those instincts? Also, do you think those gut feelings are a God thing? Tell me what you think.



  1. Missy, I know exactly what you mean about those gut instincts. Not long ago I let someone try to talk me out of the story as God had given it to me. It sent me into total disarray. As I struggled to figure out what I should do, I came across Galatians 5:7, "You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth."

    Oops. Needless to say, that set me straight in a hurry. Now whenever I'm feeling confused about my writing I recall that verse.

  2. I truly believe in gut instinct. Not to say that it can't be tweaked, but I'd give it credit. I'm glad the brainstorming helped because I was pretty much sick for two days wondering if we over-talked it.
    But your email sounds like you're excited to be back on track. Yeah!
    The key word being excited. Now for the writing, huh?

  3. I'm reading Deb Dixon's book GMC and she mentioned something about just because you have a good theory or theme for a book it may not have any Goal, Motivation or Conflict. I am doing a bad paraphrase here, but I took away with that meaning.

    I put down a WIP because of the same reason, No Conflict. It took weeks and months of sweating and worrying over this story and then I finally realized my characters didn't have GMC. They were wounded enough, but no solid goals, motives or conflicts.

    Praying about my manuscripts have saved me again. Wish I'd done that a whole lot earlier!

    I love that scripture, Mindy!

  4. Oh, Missy, I've had to start over before and it isn't a great feeling. You know instinctively when it's needed though. God will guide you. Just remember to include writing in your prayers.

  5. I didn't have to ditch that much, but it is daunting to realize that you have to recreate all that work. I ditched the first 2 chapters of mine so chapter 3 became 1. sigh. But, it gives me hope that I did the same thing as you did in recognizing it isn't what you want and you need something different. I don't think any of it was lost work. It helps me get to know my characters and my story.

  6. Thanks, ladies, for the encouragement! It was hard. But it's all learning. Everything I ever write does something that'll improve my writing.