Sunday, March 22, 2009


My follow through is very poor. I have had this epiphany, you see. I get praise from my teachers for the bits and scenes I hand in as the answers to writing exercises, and if I do say so myself, they are pretty good. But it all seems to fall apart when I try to make something longer. Like, say, a plot. I can make characters. Description that blends in naturally and logically- what I mean is, there isn't really any; I just tell people what they need to know, and nothing they don't need to know. Dialogue? No problem.
But then something needs to happen. The characters need to change somehow. Grow. Fight. Why can't I do that? It makes me feel so short sighted and makes me wonder if I have some fundamental character flaw that stops me being able to imagine these complex interactions and their outcomes. Or I can think of just enough action to sustain a scene, but I can't hook them up together. Is my brain as tiny as it's beginning to feel?
Am I the only one with this problem?
Am I the only one reading this blog?


Emily said...

hey there! i came to your blog through a comment you left on roger sutton's blog. i'm so excited to see a fellow english speaking kidlit lover in switzerland! we are in morges, not too far from bern.

the loss of your son is one of the most heartbreaking stories of losing a baby that i've heard. i am so, so very sorry.

looking forward to reading more updates from Will Write For Donuts.

Mother (Re)produces. said...

Sorry, Emily. Didn't want to break anybody's heart, but you can well imagine I needed a vent.

Thanks for stopping by!

Help yourself to a virtual donut :o)