I’m at a crossroads in my writing. Recently, I completed the revision on my first novel, a psychological thriller set in the countryside. I think the editor will read it next month. In the meantime, I’m reworking my second novel.
The second novel deals with flashbacks and repressed memories of a childhood event, but for some reason, the novel has always lacked the smooth flow required for a compelling story, although one avid reader of crime fiction described it as “very exciting.” I would agree that some of the sections are well written, but not presented in the right order. Too many memories too early on, preventing the main story from unfolding in the present.
In tackling the story, I hope to get straight into the head of the central character and find out what he most desires and most fears. I’ve also changed the location to a particularly bleak place in the north of England to allow for intensity and greater atmosphere – and, of course, a bit of dialectic dialogue. I already feel that the novel is in better shape.
Some thoughts on writing emotionally gripping drama
- Choose subjects you feel passionate about
- Don’t hold back from writing about topics that make you feel uncomfortable (unless the writing causes you to wince from embarrassment)
- Concentrate on projecting the story
- Don’t get too sidetracked by so-called rules. I’ve heard aspiring novelists say that a new viewpoint should start in a new chapter – but many good stories don’t adhere to this
- Have fun with the story