What is the one thing you love to do more than anything else? For me, it’s learning. I love to learn. It doesn’t matter if I’m learning by trial and error or if I’m watching a how-to video, or even reading a book. I love to learn.
As a writer, my love of learning and my insatiable curiosity go hand in hand. I think that’s an important quality in a writer, don’t you? I want to know who a character is, I want to know their motivations, I want to know how to walk that line that divides their crippling fear from rebellious action and I want to know how to make a character’s choices resonate with readers. Mostly, I want to know why I’m having so much trouble making that happen in my own work right now.
I’ve picked up several books in the past few years about structure and plot and conflict and anything else that I thought my work might be lacking. My most recent find was Story Engineering by Larry Brooks. It’s been sitting on my shelf for quite a while, waiting for me. I finally started reading it this week in hopes that it would help my revision.
As it turns out, I’m learning a lot about how to tell a story. I’m learning how all of the elements fit together and why each is important. When I’m finished with this book, you can expect a review on the blog. And with any luck, I’ll be able to put all of its advice into practice and create an amazing piece of work for you to enjoy.
While I’ve been trying to revise The Art of Being Vulnerable for Camp NaNoWriMo this month, I’ve realized that revising a book is entirely different from writing a book. Finding and filling in all my gaping plot holes has proven to be a bigger challenge than I expected, but not a challenge I am afraid to face. I will continue to gather resources and continue to learn the art of storytelling until I know I’ve created a piece of art that I am proud to put my name on.
I wonder if there any other books on writing that I should be reading…