I have been rewriting my novel, THE ANOMALOUS ADVENTURES OF JAMES & MAX, for my February deadline of my April writer’s retreat. That would be the Rocaberti Writer’s Retreat that I won’t shut up about, haha! However, I’ve reached a fork in the road. Do I take the next few weeks and finish the end of the book to make sure I know what setups I need? Or do I do a page one rewrite, since I pretty much know all the setups already? The first two chapters are due in February thus the dilemma.
Time to break out the sounding board! I gave my script consultant (Sae Sae Norris) a call and told her I needed to talk through my ideas. I talked about the flaws in the story and my range of ideas for both finishing the revision I’m on and starting over. She gave me input as well, which rocks! Pitch me my own story and I can see if I need to change it. –For reasons of ego it’s easier for me to shoot down my idea when you say it :-).
Before long I had my answer (huzzah), and when we hung up I was full steam ahead and ready to get back to the keyboard!
It is important to have somebody to discuss your stories with. Someone who is a writer as well is preferable but not, perhaps, vital. This is one of the reasons I love writing consultants and writers groups. It’s also helpful to be the bounce board for other writers; we can apply our advice to whatever project we’ve got on the fire.
Don’t have a writers group? Don’t have a script consultant? Reach out to your network of friends and, my guess is, you know other writers. You don’t need a formal group to brainstorm your story; just one other person. Those who know me realize I love to use index cards and whiteboards to write out key points, but sometimes it just helps to talk it through. It’s a time-saving and validating process.
Do you share your ideas with other writers? Does it help? If not, what’s stopping you? Please leave a comment, so that others can benefit from your experience in this tricky area. Go ahead, brainstorm about brainstorming with me :).
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