This isn’t so hard for me. My strength is in character and weakness is in plot. I stink at plotting. I didn’t used to be this way. It’s only since writing thrillers that I have trouble. I’ve learned a lot from Rhonda. Plotting backwards when I get stuck is one way I combat it or just calling her to brainstorm.
I have a brainstorming sheet I use. It’s a copy off of the Fiction Writer’s Brainstormer, tailored for moi. The older I get the few ideas I have and I’d thought I was just losing some creativity and what really happened was I know more, therefore could visualize an idea will work or not in less than five minutes. So naturally I dismiss them, when I probably should have reworked them a bit.
After 20 years, I’m still learning apparently.
For characters, which to me are the most important part of writing fiction, I do in depth analysis of each main character. It’s about 6 pages long for contemporary and 12 for a historical. I get a lot of plot ideas from it. Not doing them isn’t an option. It’s my one strength.
I see my stories in video, like a movie. So describing the scene isn’t hard. It’s getting it to flow with the narrative and not let it overshadow that takes skill (and rewrites) I take time with lines that say more in an image than a detailed description. I firmly believe that you must think of the mood of the character when you describe anything. Anything. Keeping it in their vision is a key to full blown characters readers love.
Another weakness…major insecurity about my work. More so lately, since I’ve lost my routine.
Nothing is good enough and I know I can do better, so I always try to go a step further. I I want my best stuff out there.
Hey, my name is on the book.