Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Beginning of the Middle

It's hard to start something you've already started. Book two = typical pondering on how to start it. Preface or Prologue? Recap or epic battle? How do you fill readers in if by chance they thought they'd be cute and decided not to read book one? How do you jog the readers memory if they HAVE read book one? (Roll-eyes and sigh). Book two, isn't going to be easy.

But I'm determined! I know I'll find a way: It will start with a dream, or a sword fight, or imprisonment, I'm sure. And then I'll go back, erase it, and start it off with something else. How stupid to think that writing the second book would be a piece of cake. It's more like an extremely sour lemon. And what do you do when life throws you lemons? Squirt the juice in the eye of your enemy, or throw the lemons out the window and go buy cake. Sadly, the cake is sold out so I'm going to have to revert to violence... Epic battle scene it is!

But, seriously, it is very challenging. After everything that's happened in book one, how do I fill the reader in and yet keep the story thrilling and enthralling? Compelling and suspenseful? (Larger sigh). But, I suppose that's what makes great writers, great. They know how to write a book well and sort things out. They know how to begin in the middle and still keep the reader interested in the plot. Maybe I'm not a great writer yet, maybe I don't know how to start a novel off the top of my head, and finish it in two months (as many great writers do).

HOWEVER!!!! I will not be afraid of a blank page! I'm determined to try my very best and learn. I'm determined to fail miserably, get up, and try even harder. No body's perfect. And neither are beginnings. So here I go, bracing myself for failure, knowing that I'll get it sooner or later..... I hope :S

6 comments:

Ms. K and her Students said...

Ah...and determination is often a key ingredient to success. Add determination to your obvious writing talent, sense of humour and creativity and I have no doubt that you will conquer this and any future blank pages! Looking forward to reading your beginning of the middle...! (PS: I love the bit about squirting the lemon juice in the eye or your enemy!)

Susan said...

The pursuit of perfection is probably one of those unfortunate things that can scare creativity away...I like the lemons, the cake and the epic battle scene ideas. I like your humour, too. And I like the way you are not afraid to take on a challenge. You inspire me! :)

naomijay85 said...

You shouldn't be Gemma. There will always be obstacles, whether it be the blank page or you being afraid of putting yourself out there. Writing is an art. So no matter how great a writer is, they didn't start at great. I applaud you. Keep writing and the rest will fall into place:)

Gemma said...

Wow, lots of positive feedback. :) Thanks so much everyone for encouraging and supporting me through this! I hope everyone will keep posting comments! I value every one of your opinions. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

rami said...

riddels dont even make sense i mite find the book

Andaleeb said...

The first ridlle: (I think) the 1st riddle is the room filled with lodded guns,because guns dont attack atomaticly