January Writing Challenge Day #2
I’m sitting in another hotel room with pillows and my laptop in the middle of the night. Maybe I should call this month writing in the moonlight. Days are busy with all kinds of things on my list to get done but I made a promise to myself this month no matter tired, or how little time I have left at the end of the day for my own writing.
A few paragraphs later and my plotting wheels are turning on the introduction. David Mamet warned against location sickness and starting with the right scene. I changed my starting scene into action and in the small town in Iron Range of Minnesota. I’ve wavered back and forth but I’m following David’s advice. I’m going to focus on writing and I’ll see if this works. If it doesn’t, then I I’ll keep trying until the story or characters tells it’s right.
What do the changes mean for my novel? I’m learning to let go and experiment. It also means that my road trip is going to be postponed. My characters needs to create their hometown before they take necessary trips around the area. I’m working on grounding the characters and the audience with one main place to reference and picture.
I’ll give you another update tomorrow.
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