Thursday 21 June 2012
Heading down the wrong road
I have to admit, writing is not without its challenges. Every book will have three or four 'intersections' - turning points where your character will arrive and face at least two options. Do they go this way? Do they go that way? In creating a naturally plotted narrative these moments can sneak up on you. Usually I allow the character's nature to point them down the new pathway. However there's nothing worse than heading down this road for a half dozen chapters and realising you've turned the wrong way. In the modern world the 'delete' button is wonderful and yet terrible tool. It can make that mistake go away. And it can gobble up weeks of work in a single gulp. The trick is knowing when to use it.
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