While there are many more up sides to being a writer, it can be very difficult. We spend hours writing what may never seen by the public, or that we delete weeks later while editing. We struggle through writers block, bad critiques, the conflict of using social media, criticism from non-writers, silence from agents, rejections, and the knowledge that our dreams may never come true. (Thank goodness for stubborn defiance ;))
But the truth is, as hard as it is to be a writer, at least we aren’t our main character’s.
There’s something spectacular about the trauma main characters go through and the way they manage to come out on the other side healed. Sometimes, I wish I could experience a complete character arch like that, but in reality, being an MC would be awful.
This week, take a moment to look at the trouble you get your MC into. How do you kick them while they’re down? Without revealing too many secrets about your WIP- take us through your MC’s arch.
The challenge for this week is to visit as many blogs as you can and based on their exert/summary, come up with a title for their WIP. Your title can be funny or serious, whatever you’d like. The best title will win one of my hand-made journals.
-My WIP begins with Jacob needing to escape his home. He loses everything. His life is threatened and he’s on the run with a girl he utterly hates. He goes on to be forced to fight to the death against a friend, realize he’s being poisoned by another and is told a secret that destroys his trust in his own past.
And to top it all off, this is what happens:
___I reach out to touch the charred cactus. Olif said that lightning never strikes the same place twice, right?
___A boom crashes in my ears as another strike slams into the ground. My brain goes numb as it vibrates through the earth and into my body. From the back of my mind, I register the land flying under my feet until I crash back into the ground at least ten paces from where I had been blown into the air.
___Buzzing fills my ears and sharp pain boils in my guts. The ends of my fingertips sizzle as the smell of burning flesh stings my nostrils.
___I lay, struggling to inflate my lungs with air. Hot blood drips down the side of my head, searing my skin.
___From where I lie, I can see the cactus is on fire and is split in two. Charred black ash covers the ground beside the cactus where my feet left the ground.
___Olif was wrong, lightning does strike the same place twice.
See, even though writing can be hard, at least we don’t get struck by lightning
If you do not feel comfortable sharing this information from your own WIP, feel free to use an example from one of your favorite books.
This week’s prize is a 1/2 phone call from Misty Provencher which, knowing her, will probably turn into an hour call and a lasting friendship. Misty knows more about the writing process than any one I have met. She’s an expert on writing, querying and conquering over the disappointments of being an author. Recently, Misty lost her agent, because of this, she has made the decision to post her book on her website. Everyone needs to check this out (the book is amazing)! I have been completely inspired by her ability to rally and overcome. If you win this prize, Misty is open to talking about any part of the writing process you’re interested in. (Misty also has a $10 gift card giveaway on her blog this week, so be sure to check out her blog!)
Again, please link directly to your Warm Fuzzies post. Write how many points you’ve gained at the end of your post (fb/twitter/Google+ are one point and blog posts are 5). And please have all posts up by 3pm CST