This blog follows how a romance novel set in the Borders of medieval Scotland is researched, written and hopefully *hopefully* published.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Pausing and Printing

Remember how I mentioned revisiting that dreaded plot outline?

Well, having added the pages I did earlier this morning and thinking (yep, I'm back to thinking already) I've decided I need to print this sucker out (currently 118 pages) and compare it to what I WANT the plot to be. Right now, it's printing (everso slowly), so I shall indulge myself in thinking (and typing at the same time)...

In other words, I need to reassess and ask myself the following things:
1.) Is my hero introduced early enough?
2.) Do I have two viable worlds (remember, this is based on the "Tam Lin" ballads) that feels strong enough to step into?
3.) Is the characterization true (and consistant)?
4.) Are my conflicts introduced and overcome in a powerful and logical way?
5.) Are my red-herrings believable?
6.) Do I spend enough time on the hero and heroine's relationship (for the romance genre)?
7.) Is my language correct and well-crafted?
8.) Is the story where I want it to be at this point?

After I can answer all those, I'll feel more ready for my writer's retreat in Cape May in February.

Will analyzing these aspects of the text slow my writing? Nope, hopefully it will entice me to write more and more quickly.

What questions do you ask of your own writing?

Just curious,
~Saoirse

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