Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Insecure Writer's Support Group - May Post
My current challenge is to take my writing to longer stories. My flash fiction seems to get good responses. I have one short story done from an early flash, now I want to develop some of my A-Z tales into longer tales.
The question is, can I do it? I have been concentrating on stripping things down to the bone. X number of words. X number of sentences. Nothing extraneous allowed. Can I turn this around and expand a story without adding any unnecessary narrative?
Another issue is my love of dialogue. Some writers have trouble writing dialogue, I really enjoy it. I hear my characters talking in my head, that makes it so easy. My challenge comes in building the setting, showing the emotions in ways other than words.
I am in the middle of chapter three of my romance novel, A Montana Chance. So far there is a fair amount of dialogue. I am fighting my internal editor who wants to go back and rework what is already done. So my pledge for this month is to just write the story, let the characters talk and get it down in print. There is plenty of time later to edit...honest.