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!!