I’m quite behind in my mentorship posts. The website has been funky for a while now. Apologies to anyone who received spam emails from me. With the help of Troy, my tireless web dude, I think the problem has been resolved.
I have just sent my penultimate submission to my mentor. I now have a whole week to wait for her to read and respond. And, while I continue to work on the manuscript I find I’m… tentative. Either I’ve become addicted to the mentoring process, which is quite possible, or it’s because I’m in Act Two, at the very midpoint of the manuscript where things feel sluggish. It’s the writing equivalent of the mid-winter blues.
I’m doubting the pacing. And plot. I’m wondering…Is it logical? Is it boring? Have I given enough detail? Or have I spun off into a tangent about a random character trait that caught my eye? Something my hubby has named, The Shiny Penny Syndrome. It’s a problem I have that’s not restricted to writing. Sigh.
I do know that I am looking forward to reading Gail’s take on the last section. It would be great if she thought that I was heading in the right direction, but I will equally welcome a servo-correct. A chance to get back onto a solid path before I spin thousands and thousands of words and invest hundreds of flat-butt hours.
What’s especially tough is that when I do veer off track I have a tendency to change the underpinnings of my characters. Their voice. What drives them. These things shift as I write and play. While that can be a good thing, even a great thing because it’s writing my way into an intimacy with my characters, it can also be a problem.
A character acts based on who they are and what they want. When that changes, the actions they take may need to change also. If you don’t modify their actions, it shows.
Esther Hershenhorn, a children’s book writer and teacher of writing extraordinaire, says that we can’t afford to be puppet masters, or move our characters around like pieces on a chessboard. You have to BE your character. Because the readers know. And they want the full ride experience. Not the owner’s manual.fluoxetine for anxiety
I’ll know in a week if I’m on track. In the meantime, maybe I’ll do a scootch more quilting than normal.
Mentorship Month Two & Three? Still loving it.