Monday, December 14, 2009

Please Excuse Me / Excuse Me, Please

Posted by Bethany at December 14, 2009
Good Morning All,

My weekend was nice and quiet for the most part (other than Friday evening when I went up to my high school Alma mater to see my son's Godsister perform in the choir--she did not do a solo, but it was still fun). Saturday and Sunday were pretty quiet, though, which is fine :-)

I've been wrestling with the question of approach and the way to write one particular story for some time (if you all remember previous entries about my trying to revise this story, you know precisely which one I'm talking about and how many times I've been trying to figure out what to do with it).

I don't know if this new approach is going to work or not, but it brings up the question I've often brought up, which is when one method isn't working, that a writer should try a new one.

Do you write mainly third person omniscient? If that's not working, try third person limited, or even try a whole different pov altogether.

Trying to start the book with an argument but it sounds petty? Why not start with the beginning of tension--maybe someone said something to really hurt the other character and the one who was hurt is trying to decide just how to handle it, while shooting sparks (through his or her glare) at the one who hurt him/her.

Sometimes you have to scratch one idea and try a new one. If you really like/believe in a particular story idea and you truly want it to work out, you have to exhaust the possibilities.

I once jokingly said I'd have one of my characters jump off a cliff, but due to her abilities, didn't think it was possible. My husband laughed over it, but two RWA Chapter members started running with the story and shooting off ideas, which, I ended up really liking.

I haven't figured out exactly how to make them work, but I still think they're fun suggestions.

So, what about you? What's your "usual" approach and what's your "back up" approach? (pov, way you tell a story, do you just jump right in or outline the whole thing out? If that doesn't work, what do you do?)

Have A Meaningful Monday!


Joshua McCune on Monday, 14 December, 2009 said...

I oscillate between winging it and halfway winging it :)

Bethany on Monday, 14 December, 2009 said...


Sounds about like my tatic. LOL :-)


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