Prayer, Round 2

My first day working on this project, I prayed for God to use the story and I had the idea to switch the time period, which magically fixed my writer’s block. It was amazing!!! And part of me, though extremely thankful, felt a little skeptical that it could be a coincidence. I had enough faith … More Prayer, Round 2

Major Revision

My plan was to rewrite the majority of my story from scratch. I successfully did that for one section. I tried for three others, but only used parts of those to add to the original. I went through the story and made sure that all of Dawson’s sections reflected his desires. I marked all of … More Major Revision

Revision

First off, I need more time to revise. Other projects, particularly those made way more complicated than they should be, are taking up way too much of my time. I feel very confident in the first two pages I revised of my story. The next four pages, however, kept falling flat. I’m starting to run … More Revision

Motivational Continuum

In The Art and Craft of Fiction, Michael Kardos creates the “motivational continuum” that delineates a person’s internal motivation (p.117-119). He notes five aspects of the continuum: Dread, Fear, Expect, Hope, and Dream. He notes that focuses on the ends of the spectrum (dreads and dreams) provide the highest stakes for characters and thus the most … More Motivational Continuum

Saint Maybe

Thoughts on Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler There is humor at the beginning in an overly serious tone. However, as the formality fades and the events of the novel fit the seriousness, the humor ends. The book uses colloquial language that makes it feel more real. There is high tension both internally for all of the characters … More Saint Maybe

Stygo

Thoughts upon finishing Stygo by Laurie Hendrie Depending on chapter, it mixes 3rd person and 1st person narrators. The 3rd person sections, especially, have noticeable “you”s that stand out because of the seeming inconsistency of the perspective. However, the “you”s work colloquially to boost the voice of the town. The language throughout the book is very … More Stygo