Last Monday, we discussed the big picture, vision, panoramic moment where an idea grabs us and won't let go. We have zero idea how we're going to get from Point A to Point Z. In fact, we're not even sure we know what Point A looks like.
This is where we zoom in and break the concept down into manageable, short-term goals. Dare this Seat-of-the-Pants writer say the dreaded "P" word? Planning, plotting - call it whatever you want. Even I no longer totally sidestep this phase. It's where research, meeting characters, and a plotline take shape.
Without further adieu, let's continue with the story of Echoes of the Past.
We left off with yours truly staring at a computer screen and somehow pounding out 55,000 words. For a non-fiction, primarily devotional writer, this was no small effort. I also had no clue what I was doing.
A newbie fiction writer in every sense of the word, I carted my manuscript off to the next writers conference. Editors smiled the way one indulges a child's flights of fancy. "A novel must be 80-100,000 words. Go back, my child, and write more. Add subplots and fatten up those characters."
I attended workshops and learned about point of view (POV), show - don't tell, creating life-like characters, tension, conflict, word choice...whew! What I lacked in craft, I made up for in determination and enthusiasm - not to mention a dash of daring. God gave me this vision, and I would do everything in my power to obtain the skills I needed to communicate it.
To be continued...
Are you the adventurous type? If you're a writer, I declare you every bit as adventurous as an explorer or pioneer. How do you manage to break your big picture down into smaller pieces?
Non-fiction writers: How do you structure your articles or devotionals?
Readers: Are you ever aware of the underpinnings of the story or are they invisible?