The month of hearts and love is already here and I’m hunched over my computer with droopy eyes. I have to say it’s a good feeling because I spent the weekend trying to type our my story blocks. I did have an I Capture the Castle moment and my screen flashed “A cat sat on the mat” but I returned later that night to pound out the problem.
In order to move my plot along, I’m need to take drastic measures and stop binging on new books and certain movies. Hearing new stories only feeds my habit of starting over with a better idea. I’m all for improving skills but not when it hinders getting a book finished. I just need one good idea, not a million.
Like other famous authors’ advice, I need to keep my story simple and true. If I manage to find that one true sentence in every chapter, then I’ve done my job. Letting your own voice speak and be heard on the pages is one of our greatest challenges as writers but it’s necessary. Audiences get tired of cookie cutter plots.
Well, I’m off to follow advice from my lessons with Dan Brown. I have my secondary character and best friend for the protagonist of my story. This character is going to be a female best friend that’s a pint sized punch of spirit. Things are going to get interesting because the best friend’s love interest is falling for the protagonist. We’ll have to wait to see if their friendship stands the test of time.
Follow as I post on my progress throughout the month and share the experience.