I’ve been blogging about my journey as an author-in-progress since Writer Unboxed began nearly ten years ago. I have two published books now, and if you’ve followed this site for a while you know that neither was particularly easy for me to write/rewrite. I’ve often thought that it would get easier at some point — that I would figure out something critical and use that insight to march forward into a new script with confidence.
It wouldn’t be accurate to say that nothing’s changed over the last decade, because much has. I understand why I write what I write, for example. That helps.
And then there’s my process.
When I conceived of the story for book #3, I worked through a very specific, complex backstory, and eventually used that to create a detailed synopsis for the fore-story. Using a synopsis is an approach I’ve never tried before with a first draft, but it’s something that’s worked well for a few of my author-friends. And I felt good – great, even – about the story itself.
And you know what happened, right? Take a guess. [Read more…]