An Ah Ha Moment

Window At Chawton by Eileen J. Nichols (2011)

Happy New Year!  I don’t know about you, but I kicked the year off by spending the last week of the year writing and studying.

This holiday I received a gift card from a large chain bookstore.  I quickly downloaded a few craft books to my eReader. One was particularly helpful: Writing Love by Alexandra Sokoloff (click HERE for her website). This website and the book were eye opening.

I am a plotter. I marvel at pansters who really know their characters when they start to write. I’m not like that. I have a general story idea and know most of the plot, but I don’t really know the characters in depth. What I didn’t know was the basic story structure that readers expect in a novel.

I can hear you now. Duh! I’ve read a lot of books on the subject including screen play books, but for some reason this book got through to my brain and made sense in a way the others didn’t

I now have a plan for the current work in progress.  The plot I’d developed in November, I’ve replaced with a much stronger plot. The middle isn’t as saggy as it usually is. (I hope!). The story is taking some interesting twists and turns that are coming from the characters, not me.

Have you had an aha moment with your writing? What books or blogs worked for you?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.