Everything I have always written I have always started with my main characters in mind and a setting and a loose plot. Then I would sit down and write the story from start to finish. Needless to say, when I got to the end I would have major re-writing to do.
I would find my characters were flat (something I am learning to correct- but that is a post for another day), or my plot had gaping holes or was unbelievable, and I would start all over again with the same process. That is how I now have at least five versions (each one better than the next) of Quest of the Hart.
So, as I was finishing Quest of the Hart I was reading Lisa Shearin's blog about how she writes. She mentioned using a detailed plot summary for her books. Hmmm. I had heard of plot summaries before, but had never considered writing from one. Until now.
I knew who the characters I wanted to write about in The Lost Princess (working title) were and had thought out a decent plot (I have to tell myself stories at night so I can fall asleep, so I often use this time to plot and figure out characters, etc.) With all this in mind, I sat down and wrote out (yes, with pen and paper) a plot summary-- complete with some comments I wanted my characters to make. I could see the scenes as they unfolded and wanted to give myself enough to remind me when I came back to it after finishing up my edits from Katie (my wonderful critique partner!)
Now as I am starting TLP, I have my notes to guide me as I send my characters on their quest. So far, I am finding the plot summary very useful.
What I Read this Week:
Last week I downloaded the Nook application for my netbook so I could quickly get (and start reading) a book on writing that had been suggested to me. Can I tell you how much I love this app??? Barnes and Noble has some books in their free library that I have downloaded and been making my way through. (Yes, I know I read a bunch of romance books, but I do like a good romance every now and then :) )
Self Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King This was recommended by a friend at WD to help me with my query letter. There is a lot of great information in this book.
Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch by BJ Daniels I was looking forward to this read, having read BJ's work before, but this one disappointed me. Still, I finished it and found it an enjoyable read.
Slow Hands by Leslie Kelly Very well written and lots of humor (and heat!)
Baby Bonanza by Maureen Child Fun read- touching and exciting at the same time.
Kiss Me Deadly by Michele Hauf Excellent book-- I really enjoyed her twist on witches and vampires
Speed Dating by Nancy Warren This was a fun read based in the NASCAR world. I found it quite funny at times and filled with some interesting racing information.
-Writing one chapter at a time