Not romantically. Don’t panic. Let me explain.
For my latest manuscript, I am actually plotting. Seriously plotting. Beats, turning points, spreadsheets, note cards in Scrivener for scenes. The whole nine yards. I’ve also analyzed and rearranged the first scenes I’ve written to up tension and drama and to quickly get to the point.
And, in learning story craft, I have also come face to face with career craft.
I think we're all familiar with Act I:
- The set-up: Fledgling author working feverishly in her “free” time to write a book and find a publisher.
- Hook moment: Goal achieved. Parties and cover reveals follow. Sales figures awaited with bated breath.
- The catalyst/life changing event: Sales are less than great. Author must start over.
- Debate/point of no return/choice: Does she stubbornly plug along and refuse advice? Does she quit?
- Act II begins: Reaction to the new goal. (Affectionately known as fun and games.)
I am quite firmly in the middle of Act II. I can’t say it’s all fun and games either. I find myself hiding from my emails, reading a lot, thinking A LOT. Considering, second-guessing, playing Candy Crush … and writing. Just differently.
As a reader, I love Act II. It’s where you see the characters bond and you get a glimpse of a happily ever after. As an author, I hate to even talk about it. It’s less romance and more mystery/thriller. However, just like my plucky heroines, I’m finding myself in Act II. I’m realizing what’s important, and why and how to make a relationship work. Not with a hero, but with the blank page.
And maybe a different name, because I am quickly becoming a different storyteller.
Yes, the black moment is still out there, but I can’t just stand here and wait on the end to come to me. I have to go get it. Because it’s important to me, and because I'm certain I won’t be the same at the end as I was at the beginning.
It is my author arc, if you will. It is where I put my foot on the rocky path and decide to become a writer.
I'm not up on this blog again before the holidays. I hope each of you has a wonderful time with your families, doing what you love and making awesome memories.