Earlier this month, I realized that The Greenling Chronicles is just one giant mess and I needed to take charge, sort it out, tweak it, and re-plot my course. After reading through all of it, making notes, and creating a new plan, I realized that I'm going to have to throw out half the scenes I wrote last year for book 1 to make everything work the way I really want it to.
I stopped working for a
To find solace and to "plan" better, I "researched" the superhero genre by watching superhero movies and taking notes on them. I liked these movies before I started taking notes, but now, I'm super-impressed by the writing, directing, and editing. Yes, the acting is superb, too, but the way the scenes flow from one to another in Avengers is amazing.
For example: Pepper mentions to Colson that she needs a ride to the airport at the end of one of the beginning scenes, and this is followed by a scene with a fighter jet rocketing along with Captain America and Colson on board. Every scene change in the movie is preceded by some hint - visual, audible, or dialogue - of what is coming next. It creates a seamless feel for the whole movie, despite jumping between various places and characters.
I am writing a multiple viewpoint book (three main characters), and I definitely want to create a seamless feel between viewpoint and scene jumps. So, I'm studying how this is done and hoping to recreate it in my writing.
How do you handle scene and character transitions? Have you ever researched superheroes or watched movies to help with your storytelling craft?
In the middle of my sulk-fest/solace-after-the-painful-breakthrough, I received an e-mail from a writer I met with a few times during NaNoWriMo. We don't know each other well, but she invited me to come write with her weekly at the library. We'll each be just sitting there writing, like we did during NaNoWriMo, but being asked to write with someone buoyed my spirits. So, I decided to invite another writing friend to join us. Hopefully, our group will grow and continue. For now, I'm just thankful for the helping hand - another author reaching out to invite me to write with her at a scheduled time and place.
Have you ever offered or been offered a helping hand?
5 Links I Found Helpful Last Week:
Stripping Down My Prose: Risking the Removal of Adjectives
4 Ways to Launch a Scene
Power and Responsibility: Doing Philosophy with Superheroes (an Edx course)
5 Incredible Tales of Human Kindness
Everything You Need to Know About E-book Publishing Platforms
Mom Moment: My oldest daughter turned 19 and received a USB grant for her own small experiment within the lab she's been working in as an assistant since last fall. Since I stopped taking science classes so early that even my younger daughter has already surpassed me, I can't really explain the details of my older daughter's experiment even though I proofread the grant proposal. It has to do with bio-cement. Her small experiment comes under the umbrella of research being done in the lab by grad students and she'll still be working as an assistant when she's not working on her own research. She gets to present her research in April at a symposium, but she doesn't want me to make a big deal of it. My response: Are you kidding me, kid? I took hundreds of pictures of you when you slept as a baby and now I'm not supposed to get excited about this? Even the grad students and everyone in the lab applauded you when it was announced. I'm struggling not to shout from the rooftops.
Last ... check out the main plan for #writerwednesdays for #theiwsg on Instagram in February:
Also, we'll be posting some #motivationMonday posts!