Monday, June 6, 2011
Execution - Not To Be Confused With Capital Punishment
Here the writer gets down to business. Serious bottom-in-chair time takes precedence over things like eating and sleeping. Crafting that perfect sentence and selecting the word that will transport the reader into the story world becomes a consuming passion. The writer is the captain of the ship and steers the story.
During this time, emotional highs and lows occur with unbearable frequency. The paragraph worthy of a Pulitzer Prize, or at least an honorable mention in a writing contest, ends up on the editing floor the next morning.
This is where the writer hits the Writers Support Group Network. Now, don't go Googling the term because I made it up this minute. Loosely translated, it's the part where the struggling writer seeks out those, who are a few steps ahead of him/her on the journey.
Family and friends may roll their eyes, but other writers will nod and declare, "Been there. Here's what I do." At this juncture, I'm stopping to salute all my writer/blogging/critiquing friends for their empathy.
"Ah, what about Echoes of the Past?" Having skipped step two (planning), Echoes went through a gazillion edits and two major re-writes. Even though I have written, "the end," I know an agent or editor will want more changes down the road. The title is now, "The Moses Conspiracy," which I'm happy to report, everyone likes. Now, if I could only get some brave agent and editor to take up the fight for publication, I'd be a happy woman.
Although The Moses Conspiracy was supposed to be a single volume, the story still begged me to write more. I started book two, thinking the original main characters would remain the focus. A secondary character had different ideas and became insistent. This time, I did more research and fleshed out the characters before writing. It's still in rough draft form with a working title of, "The Scent of Fear."
Book three, "Lost and Found," is in its infancy at a mere 6,000 words. I've put it aside for now. Until the first book finds a home, I'm not sure I want to invest more time on the trilogy.
What would you add, if anything, to my three-part process of Vision, Planning, and Execution?
Readers: Did you ever think writing was such a complicated endeavor? Have you ever attempted writing a novel?