The Middle

Published by audenjohnson on

I keep learning new things about writing. I like it but it gets a bit old when every time I learn something new I see more and more holes in my stories. I’d written one novel years ago and reread it so many times. I liked it a lot. I still do only now I’m realizing how much of it doesn’t make sense. I included some scenes simply because I liked them but I never asked why they were there. I’ve reached a point where I can’t go any further in my editing until I fully flesh out what the villains’ plan is and the source of my character’s power. It sounds like common sense, I know, but I hadn’t thought about it until I started world building. I’ve come up with several explanations but I don’t like any of them and I can’t figure out why. The thing is, I read over each explanation and I like the overall concept. I’m reluctant to just scrap the whole thing but something just isn’t right.

Actually, I know what the villains want I just don’t know how they plan on getting it.

All the characters are in line. The initial problem has been identified but I don’t know how it fits into the villains’ overall plan. I wouldn’t say the middle is unclear. I know what will happen next, I know the next obstacle I’ll put in front of my characters. I have the scenes plotted. I just need to figure out how they all connect. I know they do. I can feel it. There’s a line running through this entire story- I’m sure of it but it’s eluding me at the moment. It’s a lot of fun trying the find it though. Good thing I like puzzles. This is where my journal comes in. I’ll write explanation after explanation, origin story after origin story until I find one I like.

On a completely unrelated note, do writers ever get used to negative comments? I’m giving them more of my attention than they deserve. Maybe it’s because I’m still new to writing as a profession so, for the most part, my stories are either getting no comments or rejections. This is where a writing community comes in but I haven’t been as active in finding one as I should.

I know negative comments come with the territory and I don’t expect everyone to like what I create because they won’t. Do writers ever reach a point where negative comments don’t faze them- they look at them and just laugh? I hope so cause I can’t wait to reach that point?


1 Comment

Nicole Pyles · July 12, 2011 at 3:11 am

I can competely relate!! Especially to your remark about negative comments — I hate when I get sensitive (or read into something. Recently I was told, "Maye save novel writing for later; write short stories for now." It was meant with the best of intentions, but I took it to be a slam.

On another note, I can also relate to the dreaded middle! I have a short story that needs a better middle. I just don't know how to change it! The beginning is good and so is the end…just what does the character do in the meantime??

Comments are closed.

RSS
Follow by Email