This post was written for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our encouragement or insecurities on the first Wednesday of the month, to join the group or find out more click here.
OPTIONAL IWSG DAY QUESTION:
When the going gets tough writing the story, how do you keep yourself writing to the end? If have not started the writing yet, why do you think that is and what do you think could help you find your groove and start?
I hope you take everything here with a grain of salt—if not for you, for me—then I can relax while I share.
I’m always seeking new information about the craft and recently heard some great advice for the discovery writer—aka pantser.
Write the ending first—ish. Mid-point twist too if you’d like.
This really hit home with me because I’m a Sagittarian. We like to shoot off our arrows and follow them to the bitter end.
I’ll admit my first ending is never my last ending—thank goodness for revisions—but it supplies a general direction and a final destination.
I really want a kick-@$$ first line, first paragraph, first chapter, and to find the first line I do an internet search for best/top first lines in fiction.
They are the best for a reason; they’re inspirational.
The monthly question could also be asking: where to start? Like where on the timeline or storyline?
It is said, through my reading on how to improve the craft, that the best point to start as close to change as possible.
Like any good joke, there is the setup. Just enough information to so the punchline makes sense when it hits. The opening could focus on a fantastical world so the reader knows they aren’t in Kansas anymore. It could even focus on the person singing under a rainbow before the mind-whirling trip. Or the ruby slippers and who is wearing them.
The choice becomes clearer when I look at my destination, and I decide how to get there.
I have my goal and an enormous gap of where I am and where I have to go. I aim myself in the general direction and write. All is well with my world.
However, sometimes I stare at the screen and wonder what’s next. If I’m not writing, my brain is telling me a direct route will fail. I need to think outside the box and the circle the box is in. There may even be a triangle in there somewhere.
Jumping to another scene is a good way to stay in the story while I figure out what my problem is. Because there is a problem. I just don’t see it yet.
Usually I’m using the wrong point of view, or am ignoring the plot hole staring me down, or I’m blindly painting myself into a corner with an unnoticed hallway directly behind me.
It takes time for my subconscious to find the solution. I let it bubble up, then I’m rolling again with a better story than I first imagined.
Now, a question for you
You ever do that, jump around in your story? How does that work for you?