I confess, I haven’t looked at my novel in a while. I’ve been sending it off for feedback, and digesting some of the more notable comments, particularly about my apparent info dumping. Exposition is supposedly my friend.
I do feel that I have had a significant writer’s block. I’ve just stared at the blank pages, trying to figure out how to best go about the revision process. As the picture suggests, I don’t hear my characters talking to me through the pages, revealing their story and what happens to them. I’m not saying I wasn’t hearing voices. I just wasn’t getting anything to write. It wasn’t coming.
I started getting feedback from one of my critter partners and family members, and I tried to understand what people were saying. I don’t know what happened, but all of a sudden a spark came back. Something just clicked.
So now I feel like I know where to go. I realize that info dumping and exposition with description/setting is common with fantasy writers, and that I just have to work with it. However, I have to be happy with my story.
I know that I have to work more with the prophecy, Nakendra, and Lady Adell at the very beginning, and that I have to work out some of the more extensive descriptions. The plot needs to go quicker in the beginning, and Linview doesn’t need such long descriptions.
Above all, I have to bring the pacing from the middle to the end of the story to the beginning. It needs to go faster.
I remember some of my earliest feedback from my family saying that the plot needed to move faster in the beginning. At the time, I will admit, I was very stubborn. Now…I see where people are coming from. It’s hard to accept, but I see it. Which means cutting (and which author actually likes cutting?). I just keep telling myself that it will help.
So back I go to the writing board. I finally know what I have to do, and I am comfortable with the new revision process. I feel like it will help. Hopefully I won’t get another writing block like this one.
Keep writing! And revising.
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