Wannabe Writers, a weekly meme hosted by Sarah at Confessions of the Un-Published. This meme is what prompted me to start Writer Quirk, so I am thankful to Sarah for creating it and allowing ANYONE (even a quirkster like me) to join up. So go visit her site. Do it.
Where I am in the writing process: I currently have six works-in-progress, all in the area of fantasy/paranormal YA. Some are more developed as far as characters and story-lines, others are still in bare-bones-idea stage. The WIP I am currently focusing on has ~5,000 words to it.
My current problem(s): Merging the writing in my notebook with the writing on my computer. I just don't have the motivation to do it, though I think of the WIP in terms of the whole as if it were all typed up. I don't get a whole lot of uninterrupted writing time except on the weekends, so I'm writing a paragraph here and a bit of dialogue there during the week, but by Saturday I just feel drained and don't want to even think about it. Burnout? Not really, it just feels like a bit of a headache when I do think about it, but I'm planning on just trudging through because that's the only way it will get done!
Sarah's ???: How to start a story. (Dialogue, description, action, etc.)
My answer: I've heard the "no dialogue, no dream sequences, no flashbacks" rules, so it seems obvious to avoid these. The last two I can understand, but the first I think there is flexibility so long as it is done properly. I believe the new book Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready begins with an uttered question, but does not delve into an entire conversation off the bat, so basically walking a fine line that IMHO works well enough. Hook is the important factor. Put conflict into the first sentence that makes the reader question what is going on so that the reader has to read-on to find the answer. Easier said than done, of course, but initial conflict is what I think about and focus on as I open a story.
My ???: Character introductions. In my current WIP, I had relatively no problem with the intro dialogue for LI (love interest) #1, but the intro dialogue for LI#2 is falling flat in every attempt. For instance, main character (MC) gets saved from certain death by LI#2. Do you have them talk at the scene of the incident or wait til they've relocated a bit? Put in the basic description (what the MC can currently observe of LI#2) or leave it out until later? Suggestions? Tips? Please share!