Tonight is my weekly 3 hour binge writing session. Punk and the kids will be gone, the house will be quiet, the beer will flow like wine… and I don’t have a clue what to write.
Finally in Is Life Like This?, I am directed to organize 6 key scenes:
- first plot point
- second plot point
Yay, right? It’s almost like outlining!
Except I feel like a kid who’s been told “you can go outside and play,” only to discover I’m allergic to grass. I just got out of jail, but there’s no one to pick me up and drive me away. I finally finished my chores and can go to the ball, but by the time I get there it’s last call and Prince Charming is soused.
Dufresne’s next suggestion is to add texture to the 6 scenes (which I haven’t even chosen yet because I’m so stinking confused about what the heck this novel is even about anymore).
By “adding texture,” he means to look at each scene and ask 6 questions:
- what is it doing? advancing plot, revealing character, expressing theme, establishing tone, amplifying earlier images?
- what event is happening?
- what is “the controlling emotion”?
- how is it structured? (the scene itself, or how it fits into the overall structure? IDK)
- add setting details
- where’s the tension? heighten it.
Wish me luck.