Hi everyone! It was an interesting and successful week, but first, a review of the craft book from my Round 1b goal.
The principles that guide strong and effective writing are universal. The hardest thing is knowing what to write. Syd draws examples from a wide range of movies to illustrate through dissection and clear exposition what makes for powerful writing that will pull a reader (or viewer) in and keep them hooked.
Syd teaches a concept he calls the paradigm: Set-up, Confrontation, Resolution (with a pair of Plot Points at the Act Breaks); that is simple and yet complex as one digs into it. Building on this paradigm, Syd takes an in-depth look at what makes a strong character, a blending of their interior and exterior lives and displays it all throughout the book with helpful diagrams.
Two of Syd’s one line tips:
- Your ending comes out of your beginning.
- By creating context, you determine dramatic purpose and can build your scene line by line, action by action (content).
I found the movie discussions throughout the book to be helpful for understanding the oft ethereal concepts of dramatic structure and resonance. I would highly recommend this book for all writers.
And now, on to the update…
-7k of fiction per week. I continue to exceed my goal here and for those that have wondered, I have a dedicated two hour block every afternoon for accomplishing this. No kids. No phone. No distractions. Well, occasional distractions. Squirrels happen. All the same, finding a time like this is an essential ingredient to writing success. Yes, I had to be rude a few times to get the time. Yes, it is worth it. No one stayed mad once they saw I was committed to it. Try it out.
-WWBC assignments. I’m still struggling through this one but I feel like I’m making progress, just at a glacial pace. The difficulty is in trying to capture the essence of the story. I would compare this to trying to catch a single small fish while tumbling down a rapids. Anyway – I’m installing Skype in my netbook so that I can hopefully conference with my team leader, Donna Newton, in the near future and diagnose the story.
-30 minutes of treadmill 6 days per week. Yep, all good on this one. Things are firming up nicely (remember #hotwriterbods ) and I even got a compliment from my “athletic” daughter about being on the verge of the famed “six-pack”. Yeah, she’s teasing a bit, but it still was nice.
-Read one craft and three fiction books by March 21. Up above is the review of the craft book. I’m currently sixty pages into Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I’m finding the book to be enjoyable trip and love Goldings’ picturesque verbiage.
-Keep up sponsor duties. Check. I visited 28 ROWers last Sunday/Monday and hope to stop by at least as many today. By the way, you all – yes you – have been doing amazing work so far this round. I am always inspired by each and every one of you and would encourage you to get out there and support your fellow ROWers. And – as a friendly reminder – be sure to link your update into the Linky Tools – kinda difficult to find you without that *smile*
I hope your week was a fantastic one. Keep heading for those goals: A journey of a thousand miles is completed one step at a time, to paraphrase the sage.