Friday, November 30, 2007

Desperate to Write (My Writing Journey, Part 11)

When I finished my first novel I celebrated with dinner at Applebees, coffee at Starbucks and a stack of new novels at my local Christian bookstore. It was a great feeling . . . for about a day. Then the panic set in. I had worked on this particular book for years. I lived and breathed those characters. They were a part of me. To not share time with them was the strangest feeling in the world. I had to be writing! But I didn't have anything to write.

In a matter of days I was desperate. I'd purchased a journal to write new ideas in, I had a thick folder of idea snippets, but the whole coming-up-with-a-novel-idea was new to me. Since my first novel was written over a period of years it developed naturally over time. I had no system for plotting a story.

I prayed. I pleaded. I tried to trust God. But it wasn't easy. I didn't want to be a one book gal. I knew there was more in me to write, but I just hadn't found it yet.

Then I picked up a copy of James Scott Bell's Plot & Structure.

This week's CFBA blog tour is for Auralia's Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet. A friend of mine who's an avid fantasy reader loved it. It looks tremendous to me, but I haven't yet had a chance to read it.


lisa said...

Oh CJ! I know what you mean!! I floundered after finishing my first novel too. I think I'm still floundering. So how did Bell's book help you get past the floundering???

C.J. Darlington said...

Thanks so much for your comment, Lisa! I'll be continuing with the writing posts shortly ... hang in there. :)