Reality, Fiction and a Chapter to Change Everything

Reality is so much more complex than fiction.  Its not something I’d ever have thought about before I started this project.  But I’ve learned through my short stints of writing over the last six years that real life is far too nuanced to translate directly to fiction.  Something more is required than the changing of names.  Facts and events and people must all be distilled down into something simpler.

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Beauty in the Mundane and Balance

This week’s revision of Chapter Four is moving slowly at best.  Combine the surprising amount of effort I put into reworking Chapter Three and a delightful but exhausting week in my personal life and I think I’m left searching for the energy to tackle these next 5,000 words.  I’m still very much in it—really invested in moving this project forward—but I could use a little bit of a breather!

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Drama, Melodrama, Betrayal, Humiliation

Where is the line between drama and melodrama?  More specifically, can my characters be melodramatic without their actions and attitudes affecting the voice of my writing?  Can I write melodrama without melodrama?  Its a pair of interesting questions—ones I’m trying to suss out in my rewrite of Chapter Three.

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About a Loser

Growth requires a process of change.  A seed is nothing but stored potential until the forces of water, earth and heat conspire to penetrate its hard shell and force a germination.  Through these external forces the germ has no choice but to swell, slowly devouring its kernel until it breaks through the tough exterior of its skin and pushes up through the soil toward the sun.  It grows—cells multiplying and roots expanding—until the seed itself is nothing but a distant memory and a glorious flower resides in its place.  Its the best kind of story—one of potential realized.

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A Place to Begin

There may be no greater struggle in the life of a writer than choosing the first words of something—anything!  How do you ensure you’re making the correct first impression?  The right words are immortal:

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