Monday, April 10, 2006

Weaving the Web

Every step of this novel-writing-process has had its own challenges--issues I never thought about before I tried doing it myself. Right now I'm tying together a lot of loose ends in my story. I know generally what's going to happen but there are still many little decisions that need to be made and I want to be sure it all hangs together in a logical way. It's time to write the big climactic scenes and not only do they need to be air-tight, but all the smaller threads need to connect believably. Motivations have to make sense. Whenever a character does something, especially something risky or unexpected, I need to make sure their motivation for acting that way is believable.

I've used the puzzle analogy before when talking about language and trying to find the right words, but the plot is also a puzzle whose pieces must fit together. And elements rely on each other. So by sending a character down a particular path, countless other parts of the story are affected. It's like a gigantic web--all interconnected.

Believe me, now that I'm writing a novel myself, I can see the temptation to wrap things up as quickly and easily as possible. Sometimes I want to have a character do something that will advance the plot to where I want and expect it to go, even if it doesn't gel perfectly with that character's personality. But I resist, because I know these people so well, it would bug me too much to force them to act a certain way--a way that's out of their character--simply for my convenience.

Clear as mud, eh? Sorry to be so cryptic. It's hard to explain what I mean without describing the story itself. And that's still top secret!


FV Tom said...

I can't wait to get a chance to read it. Reading about the process is interesting. I've never given it much thought.

KatieFeldmom said...

WOW! I can't wait to read it! And I bow down to you for writing...I think that is the coolest and wish I had been born a writer, but alas, I am a reader. And I am so okay with that!

Donna said...

Same here, I can't write to save my life, never my strong suit. You must really have a gift.

Karenna said...

Man, I am with fv tom -- so excited to read this work!

Your notes and thoughts on the process intimidate the hell out of me! I'm sticking to short "stories" for now. ;-)

Renée said...

Thanks, everyone. I hope you are able to read it some day.

Kate and Donna- You are writers too. Blogging is writing. :o)

And Karenna, I hope you were joking about the intimidation thing. I'm completely winging this and as you know, flounder around much of the time. BTW, I thought the Lori story on your blog was really well done. Good job! (Although, of course, I'm so sorry you had to go through something like that.)