Monday, March 15, 2010

Figured Baby Out!

I know! I'll write a letter from Worth to me explaining everything, no holds barred.
His words will breathe air into the story and it will expand, rise, and soar. No stopping!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Back to the Future

Opening Grace's file and moving words on pages. Again. It wasn't finished, just resting. Used Goldilocks and the Three Bears again as a story example in two classes. Apply to revision? Grace as Goldilocks?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Keep It Going!

A fire of change is now lit under Grace. Good ideas for tightening the plot; it evolves. Teaching is a spur to good writing; students are so talented, eager, willing to share, and, word of the day, brave.

So I return to Grace pencil sharpened; no regrets.
Brave heart.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

High Praise and More Work

This just in from a knowledgeable commentator:
".... I was impressed by the narrative tension you created over and over again. Grace is a beautiful, complex character, I think the reader ends up feeling very deeply for her by the end.
"That being said, I'm afraid I just wasn't won over by Worth's downward spiral into mental instability. It's not that you didn't manage to capture his thousand-mile stare and inability to come back from the jungle, because I think that was all handled quite masterfully. My concerns were in the plot surrounding his character transformation."

This touches on something I have thought about. I worked hard on these characters and it's always great to discover they spoke to someone else memorably. But the plot concern is definitely something to tackle.