“I’m Luke Skywalker, I’m here to rescue you.”
Sound familiar? When you are writing that short story, or six book novel, there will never be a Luke Skywalker coming to your rescue. Even George Lucas had to write Star Wars the long way, using a pen or laptop and only his brains to help him.
When the next scene refuses to come to you, or worse, when you can’t find the motivation for your heroine to slap the face of the man she loves… Only you, the writer can “write” yourself out of the box. If you want to know why the aliens have landed outside your main character’s house, you are the one who has to figure it out, just like doing the dishes, if you want it done, you have to go into the kitchen to make it happen.
What a piece of junk!
That my friend is the best writing advice you can ever get. You will always learn more by having someone rip apart your hard earned work than you will ever have by having a friend or family member read it.
“I’ve got a very bad feeling about this.”
Trust your instincts, I wrote a good sixty thousand words on my first novel before I realized. The plot was terrible. There was no way around it. People had hinted, they had “Pleaded strongly” I didn’t listen. I kept to the original plot jumped off the page and slapped me. It was that bad.
I put aside seventeen chapters. Took out a clean piece of paper, (okay, I made a new word file) and started over. Some of the characters got a major makeover. Jaden went from bossy and rude to painfully shy. Draven was still amazingly hot, but less of a jerk. Isla was and shall always be, the original Ice Queen. The point is, I recognized where I went off, and I rewrote it all. Is it completed? Yes, but the editing, that will take a bit longer.
“You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon? … It’s the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs.”
My novels are the Millennium Falcon. Not the Falcon that every knows from watching the movies two hundred times, (or more), but the Falcon that Luke first heard about. He had no clue what the Falcon was. The same way most of you have never heard about my writing.
“I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
Lack of faith occurs all the time. When I’m struggling to make a scene happen. When a well-meaning friend or relatives say’s “good luck with that,” in a sarcastic tone of voice. There are times when all writers have problems with their books or scripts, when they feel like giving up.
“You’re all clear, kid! Now let’s blow this thing and go home!”
I was adding the last bits to The Heart Stone, yesterday, this line came to me, and I couldn’t help laughing. Why the laughter? Because that morning I realized I had yet to add the traitor to the plot. He had to be intermixed throughout several scenes, I had motivations to consider, the shock and the betrayal to plot in. You know the petty stuff, every other writer takes for granted. Is there ever an all clear button? Will I ever know when I’m done because the, all clear whistle, has blown? Or will I just throw in the towel and send it in hoping for the best? I guess only time will tell.
“Stay on Target.”
This is my favorite line. When I’m stressed out. When the scene isn’t going right or I’m at my wits end, or positive no one will ever like my stuff. This line always comes to me. It is a reminder not to let the little stuff bother me, to keep going, to never stop.