“A Forgotten Way” is a story about Della, a mom who has suffered a devastating loss. Her grief and guilt are so great she is neglecting her nine-year-old daughter Julia.
The history of my childhood home inspired this fictional story of tragedy, love, and courage. Questions and mysteries surrounding my home always plagued me until Della came to me with her story.
Written words followed.
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A scene is a unit of storytelling. It incorporates all major elements: action, character, setting, inner story, voice, narrative thrust.
If your opening scene is lacking or weak in any of those elements, then your story is in danger of being uninteresting, passive, slow. It just doesn’t grab the reader. Nothing is happening.
The most engaging method these days is to begin in medias res which means “into the middle of things.” The protagonist is not thinking, dreaming, wondering, waiting, eating, ruminating, relaxing, contemplating, etc.
Rather, something is happening to the protagonist (ideally, books these days introduce the protagonist on page one, although it isn’t uncommon to kick off with the antagonist), and the protagonist reacts.
Narrative thrust is what drives the reader to keep reading. If your story is weak in this area, then readers won’t be interested enough to stay with the story.
Narrative thrust involves all the elements of storytelling: action, setting, voice, theme, description, conflict, dialogue, character, point of view. Measure out each element appropriately so that your story is balanced enough to hook your readers and compel them to keep turning the pages….
Words don’t always fit each and every one of us in the same way. We use them, believe in them, and there’s a real possibility we are setting ourselves up to believe in something that isn’t applicable to us.
One such word that really rubs me the wrong way is BALANCE.
Now I’m not talking about the word in the sense of balancing our checkbooks, or balancing play groups in school, or balancing a tray of dishes. The idea of balance works in those scenarios.
I’m talking about how so many of us use the word to describe how we strive to manage the different aspects of our lives, goals, responsibilities, and interruptions. It’s all about balance.
Some time ago, I stopped using that word to describe my efforts in managing my daily grind. I realized that I will never find balance in the sense of trying to keep things evened out, equalized, stress-free. I was actually making things worse with my constant struggle to make everything work in a “balanced” way.
I posted about this HERE where I also introduce my new word that works so much better for me. In fact, since dropping “balance” from my vocabulary I have created more time in my day. How in the hellula is that possible? But there you have it. Read the post to see if my word choice is one you might like to add to your daily vocabulary.
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Have a Writerly Day!
Creativity isn’t just about imagination. Creativity is about choices, experimentation, adventure, learning, and fun.
Everything in life requires a measure of creativity, to imagine and execute ideas. Whatever you’re doing, whether you’re exploring a sea cave, trying a new recipe, learning a language, speaking during a meeting at work, rooting for your child at a soccer game, you’re being creative.
Taking a break from writing, then, doesn’t have to be a deep scar gutting your journey. Taking a break can simply mean you’re growing from another perspective. That you’re adding to your creative well from other sources. That you’re making something possible. That you’re developing your skills, your approach.
Staying positive about your break from writing is crucial. The minute we bring negative thoughts and limiting beliefs into the mix, it’s game over.