|Focus is Crucial|
I have been a writer of poetry, stories, and novels for more than 35 years. I have read, at best estimate, 7500 books, and so I know about the turning point, the climax, the denouement, and the plot arc. But I couldn’t connect them with my own novels.
Until last weekend.
At Joyce Sweeney and Jamie Morris’ Next Level Craft Intensive, Scene and Structure, I spent three days discussing plot, structure, and scene with a small group of writers. What came to me by the end of the weekend made me feel like I did when I got my first pair of glasses:
“So that’s why I couldn’t catch a ball. I was BLIND!”
It’s taking me a while to apply this new found clarity. All I’ve done so far is pull some extraneous material out of one novel, and reread the high points of another.
I see now that I need to begin my current novel with an inciting incident that is just visible to the reader, but not to my protagonist. I can also see that I need to take out the middle section of the other, which interrupts the plot at an important point.
There’s a lot to do. Thank Jamie and Joyce, I can see the way, now.