I haven’t written much here lately. Busy elsewhere. I’ve been working on the first one hundred pages of my novel and following the Editor’s Report.
One issue that came up in the Report focused on allowing scenes to reach their natural development rather than trying to force the drama. This often happens when the author has plans for a major character, plans which the character wouldn’t usually follow. A bit like the debate in Theology: Free Will versus Predestination – i.e. who’s in the charge here: the writer or the character in question?
I’ve also dealt with some redundant sections. You know the sort, writing that neither helps nor hinders the novel. The story wouldn’t suffer if those sections were to go.
The central part of the novel needs the most work in terms of pacing and plot – so I’m bracing myself.
Chopin Revolutionary Etude: http://youtu.be/0bFKV7WY12I
The writing process seems never-ending, and once again I’m at the stage of polishing my manuscript, this time allowing the characters to come alive in more vivid ways than before.
A writer often has to experiment with the points raised in a professional critique. Incorporating all the ideas on a page by page basis raises the possibility of damaging the overall story and knocking the structure off-balance. Yet, the writer has to implement some of the advice – otherwise why pay for the advice?
With my novel, I think, the solution lies in allowing some sections of the writing to develop even further without the changes causing a knock on effect with the structure – in particular, concentrating on natural type dialogue that helps the reader better identify with the characters in question. Also, cutting superfluous phrases or sentences – i.e. redundancies – will tighten up a manuscript.
Just a few of my thoughts.