Sunday, October 14, 2012

Climbing the Mountain


This weekend I started the opening scene of my WIP. I didn't get a ton of words written, but I feel as if I've put my toe into the first crack of the rock face. 

The first line isn't great. I'm waiting for inspiration to dawn on a great, gripping, interesting, engaging first line. Since it hasn't come to me yet, I just went ahead and dove into the rest of the scene. For the first time, I breathed a little life into a setting. I made a name into a character, gave her something she wants, the reason she wants it, and what might keep her from getting it.

I love this process.

So, how about you? Where are you in the project you're working on?

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  1. Kudos on getting that opening down. I hope you have lots of fun with the story.

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    1. Last night a few things broke free in my head that hopefully will allow me to make my heroine more likable. She's kinda been snarky, and I need to soften her up. :)

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  2. One of my favorite times--opening a novel.

    Right now I'm in the pit. Halfway through of course. :D
    ~ Wendy

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    1. The pit! That's a great way to describe it! About halfway, I become convinced that it all stinks, nothing can be done with it, what was I thinking...

      But---I persevere! And I remind myself that I can clean it all up after I get it written. :)

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  3. Just finished my rough draft. Maybe tomorrow will crack it open and start editing (which I happen to enjoy, so yay!!)

    Have fun with your new wip!

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    1. Yay for editing, where you get a chance to smooth out the bumps and polish the rough spots. :)

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  4. I'm with you. Just put my toe in on writing a new WIP! Here's to new works! Yay!

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    1. Yay! Press on! We'll climb together!

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  5. Those opening scenes are fun. I wrote mine last week, wasn't super satisfied with it, but it worked. Now I'm going to make myself move on :)

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    1. I'm not completely enamored with my opening scene, but I'm telling myself I can always go back and clean it up. :D

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  6. So many possibilities when you're at that stage! So fun. I haven't quite gotten there yet.

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    1. I'm always full of optimism at the outset. It's when I get into the middle of the story that I'm in the pit of despair! :)

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  7. It's always exciting to start a new WIP. I'm working on rewrites of the old WIP. Maybe I'll get to start something new in November.

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    1. Are you doing NaNo? I wanted to, but I needed to get started on my story sooner. I'm going to have to shadow NaNo again this year.

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  8. I love the creative process! I'm in the middle of it...plotting away! Happy mountain climbing!! :)

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    1. Yay for plotting! Do you work out a chapter by chapter or rough synopsis? Character sketches or interviews? I'm always interested in how other writers work.

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  9. Way to go, girlfriend. Enough plotting (coming from a confirmed panster), time to dip in the whole leg : ) I've come to the end of chapter 3 and my characters are still a bit stiff. So I'm writing short stories of their backgrounds. I finally feel their hearts beating...

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    1. Yay for getting to know your characters. I finally got a line on my heroine last night. It feels so much better!

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