Who Wrote This Garbage?!

Being sick for so long now has kept me from my writing. I mean, as much as you can be kept away from it…we think about, play out scenes in our heads, dream about it. It’s odd coming back to your novel after a break because you see a lot of flaws you hadn’t noticed when you were looking it in the eye each day.

The main thing I noticed? I don’t have a call to action. Or rather I do, but the book starts after that has already taken place. HOW DID I NOT SEE THAT BEFORE?!

For those few wondering, the call to action is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the moment in a story when the hero is invited to go on a journey. In Star Wars Episode IV, the call is when Ben Kenobi asks Luke Skywalker to become a Jedi. Luke turns it down because he has chores. Then he is forced into action when the Empire destroy his home and kill his aunt and uncle.

If you skipped the beginning of Star Wars Episode IV up until Luke’s family are killed you miss out on a lot of (all of) the setup, plot, and simply aren’t as invested.

So I’ve made quite the error. Happily, I do have a call to action, I know what it is and how the set up works, I only have to put it into the story. But I hadn’t anticipated this and it feels like the dumbest writing move ever!

I’m so hyped for my writer’s retreat in France next year and I want my novel to be a perfect as I can make it before I go, obviously! So perhaps you can see why this is so vexing. I don’t go to France until April of 2018, but I do turn in the first two chapters of my book two months sooner and that feels closer each moment!

So this week I am correcting my outline and then deciding whether to finish the draft I’m on or to start a page one rewrite now. Wish me luck!! I need it!

As always, I would love to hear from you in the comments! Feel free to share your recent errors that need addressing or even just cheer me on! I can always use the extra love!!

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  1. Kathie Fong Yoneda said:

    Just know that you have set up what I feel is a reasonable & do-able call to action! Many of us set ourselves up for failure by imposing goals that are meant to give us instant gratification…and when that goal is not reached, it causes depression & oftentimes folks just give up! I have faith in you, Amy…and I am looking forward to seeing you at the writer’s retreat in April 2018! xoxo kathie

    July 3, 2017
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    • Amy Laurel said:

      Thank you so much, Kathie! That really puts my mind at ease! I will say that this time away from my novel has given me some clarity on where I can really tighten things up and increase the stakes. I’m looking forward to sharing it with you when the time is right.

      XoXo

      July 3, 2017
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  2. Tara said:

    Everything you write is written with beauty and heart.-And writing with heart is not something that can be taught, but is a gift. And you have it. As I always say, I’m here to offer the other side’s opinion. I’m not a writer, but an avid reader. And your work always captures my attention and my heart. Which ( as you know ) is not always easy to do .
    You know I’m your biggest fan and stand besides you through everything. You’ve got a game plan, you’re putting it in motion…. you’ve got this!!! *fistbump*

    July 3, 2017
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    • Amy Laurel said:

      Ha! Thanks, Tara!! I appreciate the support!! *fistbump*

      July 3, 2017
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