The good news is, the class won’t go on forever and I am learning bits and pieces that will help me when I get back into the editing rut again. (Sadly, I don’t mean that like the animals do. I’m thinking more like highways.) I have stories I want to write and stories I need to edit but that’s the trade off when you take classes, I suppose.
I’m really looking forward to the writer’s retreat I’m going to in March. A week of nothing but writing? Bliss… I just need to spend some time planning so I can use the time most efficiently. I’m leaning towards the Smooth Running sequel but I could also do the second Angel Odyssey book. I even have a few ideas for the sequel to Mageborn Mechanic. Who knows, maybe this year I’ll write all three.
What I need to do before March is start sketching out the plot and story I want to write. I might try the Snowflake method* again, that worked pretty well for Angel Odyssey. O r I might do a more chapter-based outline, which worked for Mageborn Mechanic. It’ll be good/interesting getting back into a third person, multi-POV writing style again.
The Snowflake method worked well for summarizing what the story is and for telling the plot from the POV of the main and minor characters. Pitches are a lot easier when you start with a single sentence and then expand it out into a paragraph, a page, three pages, etc…
The chapter outline method seemed to work well for thrillers or anything else that relies on structure (if I ever try my hand a writing a Mystery, I’ll probably do the chapter outline again).
Ah, but first, homework tonight and then critiques for Wordslingers and then for Potlatch.