Hello August, right? Last full month of summer, back to school for kids in my area, as in they’re in school today! When I was in school we never went back until after labor day. I liked it better that way.
I’m putting together a new story. It’s fun! It’s challenging! It’s like a puzzle sometimes.
We talked last month about the ingredients of a story. Today, we’re talking about making them all fit.
As you can see by the picture above I’m working on a puzzle. To be honest, it takes me longer than it used to. Getting older has taught me patience! Ha! (And truth be told, I’ve found it to be a way to relax in the evenings.) The pieces are all there, (I hope!) and they all have a unique place in the puzzle. I can’t wait to see this one when it’s finished. It’s going to be beautiful!
For me, the pieces of a story puzzle have to be written in order. I can jot a note about what’s happening later in the story, but I find it hard to write a scene out of order. I’ve found the way I work best lately, (our processes change over time, don’t you think?) is when I’m finished with a chapter, I take a notebook and write the points of the next 3 scenes. The first 3/4 of the novel are trying to balance how to make it worse for the main characters with them getting to know each other and falling in love. Again, putting the puzzle pieces together to where they fit perfectly.
Sometimes the pieces are in the wrong place. I’ve realized at times that the scene is too early in the book. It just doesn’t fit. And, like in the last puzzle I completed, there was an extra piece. It belonged nowhere in the puzzle. Some scenes just need to be left out.
Liked we talked about last month first drafts are the key to putting the puzzle pieces together. There’s no magic in typing the words, The End, but typing those words sets a writer on a journey to complete the puzzle so the readers have a great read.
I have a few newspaper clippings that I’ve saved for years. They sparked interesting story ideas, or characters for stories. I haven’t run across the stories yet in my brain that they belong in, but maybe one day they’ll be a piece of the puzzle in one of my stories.
So, I have to know—do you like doing puzzles? Why or why not. Oh, and I have to tell you I have 3 cats. I have to cover my working puzzle area with a beach towel and set glass bowls on it so they don’t move it. They bat those pieces around and just like that, missing piece! If you comment, your name will go in a drawing for a $5.00 amazon gift card to go toward buying a book!