Where I am in the writing process: From the last time I participated in WW to now (a few weeks) my writing has gone from intentionally every day or so to nil. I blame this on my schedule upheaval and a general lack of will. It felt like my writer flow had been cut off, but gradually it is coming back. I was ready to just declare myself on break, but every time I thought about it, something half-way creative popped into my head. So, not writing as much as I want, but still planning and mind-hammering out details.
My current problem(s): Stupid plots! When I get ideas for stories, I don't really get ideas for stories. I get ideas for characters, and slowly stories form around them to explain how they are who they are. I honestly wonder sometimes if I'm even clever enough to write a whole story as I can't seem to do it. Plots, twists, time-lines...they feel murderous at the moment. I just want to hang out with my characters and watch them go about their boring lives. Sometimes it seems like the only decent things I write for them are the terrible and dark events because I honestly find that part fun, being horrible to my characters, that is. Being good to them is so much harder...and connecting the dots between each event is the hardest part for me.
Sarah's ???: 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?
My answer: Um, structure? If my stories were connect-the-dot pictures, there wouldn't really be a picture, at least, not a well-formed one that makes any sense to anyone but myself.
My ???: Structure??? I don't think in structure. I've heard of three act structure, but as for execution, I'm so not there. How do I learn to write in structure? Please tell me this is something that can be taught!
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