So what's with the humpty dumpty school in my tagline? It has to do with the process. Yep, I mapped out my novel, but now, 150 pages in, I have to take it apart. There are too many summaries instead of scenes. The driving desire line wobbles and the moral choice feels soft to me. Nothing feels as if it is building and where are the stakes? I am so agitated about this that I am tempted to put that novel aside and pick up another one I am working on, but I won't. This is the gritty, hard, soul crunching work. Beside Truby, I've been googling other writers' processes. It's so gratifying to read that other writers have the same issues and I am not the only one bobbing in this sea of hungry giant squid! (Hey, I know how to swim.)
Thursday, June 18, 2009
the humpty dumpty school of writing
I know a lot of writers who map out their novels. (I do know some writers who follows the pen, but to my mind, those books have a certain inbred formula or genre.) John Irving knows every single thing that happens. I am a big believer in Truby story structure myself. John Truby is a screenwriting guru who watched hundred of films to see how they worked, how they didn't work, and what makes story. He threw out the three act structure which is too static and came up with tools like psychological wants and needs and desire lines and moral choices--and it is all invaluable stuff for a novelist.