Writer meet Block.
So I have a week of vacation and a punch list of things to do. One of them is to hash out a brilliant storyline with dynamic, relate-able, characters....or at least a storyline.
Now I have plenty of story ideas, the problem is picking just one (or trying to combine 1-3 together into one). This has been my problem since the start. With movies, books and tv shows, I see all these great ideas and my brain wants to make it all into one epic story.
Such a small word. I mean, it's four letters for Pete's sake (who IS Pete anyways?). But it's so utterly unfathomable (now I'm just blabbering) that I can't grasp it. Trying to make the first book that closes the Big Question and open enough doors to explore in later books... as well as laying little seeds that the reader doesn't realize it's a seed until later. Perhaps I want to be this mastermind of plot lines that I just can't do that others seem to do so easily.... or perhaps they (said masterminds of plotlines) had this same conversation with themselves and I will one day rule the world (by Thursday I said... I'm working on it).
So I'm here right now, starring at a blank Word document, banging my head against the keyboard wishing upon some miracle to happen over the span of a week. God (allegedly) created the world in seven days, why can't I (fictitiously that is)?
If you think about it, writing is like the ultimate RPG. You don't just have to create characters, you have to create an entire world. Government, history, languages, names (harder than you'd think), economy, and lets not forget motives. Another big small world. Finding the thing that makes character's tick can be very difficult. The why behind all characters is at times as hard as thinking of the storyline. You want to make the reader believe in the characters so you have to relate them to the character. Why is he bad? Some people just don't believe there are truly evil people in the world... so we have to justify it with a human characteristic (flaw). Why does he want to blow up the world? Oh, well, because he was made fun of at school.
Yeah, it's hard. I've had readers leave in the middle of my book because of a Jump The Shark moment. And as Auden has so brilliantly put it, you take a look at what you've written and try to modify it...try to make it work again. But one change turns into twenty and then it's a slippery slope to "to hell with it, I'll redo the entire book".
So here I am, scarred from previous "to hell with it"'s, wanting to make a solid world/characters/plots and with enough openings for another book. EPIC enough to have the "want" to make another book. And make it fun enough to continue writing and still leave the reader gasping for another turn of the page... only to find the gruesome, but concrete words of "the end".
You know what? *a sudden realization*
It's kinda like sex.
Hmmm, I'll have to think on this analogy further. I could have fun with this one (Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time is like marriage).
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