Jun 25, 2010
Wannabe Writers #22
Where I am in the writing process: Still un-published. I've written one novel. After finishing it I decided to rewrite it completely. And after almost finishing it for a second time, I've started rewriting it for a third. I think this third rewrite might be the one. Although, my brain is already trying to tell me how I would write it if I ever started on number 4.
My current problem(s): This past week I struggled so much with how to write chapter 9 of my book. I rewrote it like 3 times and still none the versions worked exactly right. I did finally write a version last night that I think I like (I think; I hope I don't end up changing it again.) So, today I was wondering what made this chapter much more difficult than the first easy 8 before it. I think that was because this chapter was the first big crisis in my novel. Up until this point, everything has been slowly building and then as chapter 8 ends things go into crisis mode. I had to get this chapter right. Because this chapter--depending on what was said/how it ended--will determine the rest of my book's outcome. Like a pivot point.
So, how was I finally able to come to a conclusion on how to work it yesterday? I had to ask myself a very simple question. What is (let's call him Character X)...What is Character X's motivation in this scene? (Character X is not my main character but a very important secondary one.) Why has Character X suddenly shown up in this scene, sending things into disarray? Once I figured out this/got inside this character's head...the chapter sort of just fell into place. Finally!
This week's question: When writing how do you structure out your novel? Do you use the classic method of intro, rising tension, mini crisis, rising tension, mini crisis, rising tension, climax, resolution? Or some kind of alternative structure?
Posted by Sarah Darlington