Who needs another writing blog? An example:
Writer 1: I’ve got it all written down… in my head….:
After a thousand sleepless nights spent plotting and replotting novels, after talking for a thousand hours about writing, after friends have said ‘what a neat idea, you should write a novel’, Writer 1 enrolls in a writing class.
“What are you working on?” we ask.
“I have six novels.”
“How many pages?”
“Uh… I haven’t actually written anything yet. I have them outlined in my head.”
“Who’s your Antagonist?”
“You know? The bad guy?”
“Antagonist? Uh…Well…There aren’t any bad guys in my book. I want to write nice novels…”
“How do I get an agent?”
This writer needs B&J’s Blog. How do we get this writer on track? Develop the Antagonist first, we say. If you’re writing a detective novel, your sleuth doesn’t have anything to do until the killer kills or the kidnapper snatches the woman. If you’re writing a genre novel make a list of characters and fill in their lives with backstory. Spend some time on the page writing about writing. But…don’t talk about it anymore. Writers write. Go to Louisa’s. Sit down with other writers. Write the backstory on your Antagonist. Push the essential elements of the craft: Character, Action, Dialogue, Setting, Objects. Write now. Get it on the page. Now.