On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Story Threads

Now and then you reach some point in a book where you realize you have to go back and weave in a thread – a subplot, a person’s motivation, something else. I found that in Heart Dance.

While I don’t really mind doing it, it can be tiring, and I’m determined to do this better than the last time (Guardian of Honor).

I think it depends on where you are in the book and what sort of writer you are as to whether this bothers you. I revise often as I go along. I think it’s impossible for me to zoom through a book just writing a rough and not revising, though I like that idea a lot.

May the tapestry of your story be perfect today.


Blogger Wolf said...

I rather liked Guardian of Honor, Sorceress of Faith was better, and I'm sure the third book will be even better.}:)

6:02 PM  
Blogger Jeri said...

I'm like you, Robin. If a thread in the first draft is really bugging me AND I know how to fix it (the second part doesn't always follow from the first), I can't move forward until I've fixed it.

Otherwise, that first read-through is full of caveats, and I have no idea if the draft really works or not.

There's so much advice telling us to "just get the first draft written fast and furious, no matter how bad it is." I think that path's wisdom has its limits, like any other.

Every book has its own process. I'm sure tapestries are the same way.

12:15 PM  

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