What to do with Obi-Wan

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Did a revision of part one, and it’s actually pretty good! I just have three plot points to adress: the romantic interest, the telepathy, and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Obi-Wan is throwing me. He doesn’t appear much in this first part, which made me wonder if he was necessary. Can my MC learn the force on his own? Thought about it, and turns out not. Obi-Wan is important later, and the MC would be kind of lost without him. So how do I give him more screen time? I feel as though right now the readers will ask, “Who’s that creepy guy in the cloak who follows the MC around?”

Sigh. The struggles of writing.

First Phone Post

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I just wrote my first post using the phone! It isn’t easy. Anyway, I’m not allowed to drive for awhile, so I don’t know when I’ll get out to use the Internet. When I can drive, I still don’t know how much I can get out to use the Internet. Posts may be sporadic for awhile.

Things are going fairly well in the writing scene, however. Yay! I have commenced and completed one revision of Part One and am making significant headway on my synopsis. Woohoo!

Speaking of, if you want some synopsis tips, head over to the blog of my fellow VCFAer, Janet Fox. Writing the Synopsis

Happy Writing!

Hiatus

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Expect a possibly long hiatus anytime now . . . .

In Person

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When I was a kid, I thought meeting a real live published author would be the ultimate experience in the universe. I have met real live published authors now and even had the privelage to work with them I discovered that they’re just normal people like the rest of us. They are a lot of fun, but they aren’t these perfect, all-powerful beings who get everything right the first try. Which is very encouraging.

I discovered that my favorite thing about meeting real live published authors is hearing them read. I love to hear an author read in his or her own voice (especially if singing is involved—I still occasionally break into rendentions of “Delaware” as sung by M.T. Anderson). Then, when I pick up that author’s book, I can hear the words in his or her own voice. I could hear Kathi Appelt’s sing-song voice as I read The Underneath. When I read Strange, Sweet Song, I got chills hearing Adi Rule’s eerie pauses and lyrical tone as she read almost like a ghost story (though I have never heard her read from Strange, Sweet Song).

So if you get the chance to hear an author read his or her work, I would recommend listening. Although, a fair warning, I have heard people say it annoys them to hear someone else’s voice because they would rather hear their own inner reader. :-D

Metaphor

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Have I mentioned this before? I once read a book recommended to me for its amazing world-building. The world-building was pretty awesome EXCEPT for the metaphors. The book was written in 3rd person, but even in 3rd person, the metaphors should be appropriate to the characters and world. The author kept comparing things to situations the character would have known nothing about.

Annemarie O’Brien recently posted this on the awesome blog Quirk and Quill (possibly my favorite writing blog):

“Highlight # 7 – Nikki Grimes Metaphor Tip

Metaphor comes best from the images and words of your character, setting, or world. Be sure to use words and images related to the environment and the time-period of your own story.”

We should keep that in mind as we write, and believe me, it can be a challenge!

Too Focused

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Okay, okay, I think I know what part of the problem is. I’m terrible at description. That’s the main glaring problem with highschool draft of Epic Novel. It’s all very terse, very telly, all action and dialogue. In my current draft, I have really focused on description. Perhaps too much. One compliment I always get is that my characters are good and I know them well. Except, they don’t seem very engaging in Part 2. I spend so much time trying to make my description good that I’m neglecting my strengths—the characters, the plot. In highschool draft, the characters were friends, geniune, and funny, too. They seem awfully drab in current draft. Maybe I can pull some of my stunning lines out of the mess that is highschool draft and insert them into current draft. Maybe they will inspire me.

Under the Couch . . .

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Da da da da! Last night, I officially finished typing the rough draft of Epic Novel Book 1 Part 2!! Except for the last page which may be hiding under the couch. . . .

I haven’t exactly met my self-imposed deadline of submission ready by the end of July, but I feel certain satisfaction from having a draft ready by the end of July. Massive revisions must now ensue, but I’m getting a handle on the emotional arcs. More on that later (I hope).

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