Here it is, another new week, and Fated still isn't completely finished, but we're close.
Right now we are waiting to hear from our editor and then it will be on the way to her today! Very Excited!
I hope she likes the book, but I'm sure there will still be edits we'll need to fix. Hopefully not to many so we can get the show on the road. We still have to write our acknowledgements and all the other little stuff to get it looking as professional as possible without being a traditionally published book. Thanks to our new publishing friend, Spring Lea, we know how the book should be set up.
So, keep your fingers crossed for us that we can get it out to the public before Christmas.
In the mean time, I had another wonderful class last Sunday. After going over some logistical information, Janet Baltz, my critique partner, talked about the structure of story.
She did an excellent job explaining the basic story structure using the "W" format.
As you can see the basic story follows this chart. Yes, there can be inserted places with sub-plots to add to the tension, but this is the way a story is basically formulated.
There are other type graphs that some genres tend to follow, such as a maze for mystery/thriller novels, but most will fall into this model of explanation. And, even though writers, and readers know this is the way a story tends to flow, it doesn't stop or take away from the joy of a book.
Since the beginning of stories, this has been the way they are told. A beginning problem. What to do. Starting to fix the problem and think you have the answer. Oh no, another issue. Sliding down to the dark moment. A climatic turning point. Then resolve.
If you are writing fiction this is a good model to look at the way your structure is set up in your book. You do need to know the basic beginning and ending of your story, and this should help you figure out the middle. One of the differences of writing as a plotter, or a pantser.
I really enjoyed Janet's presentation. I'm looking forward to the next class where Kathy will talk about "Finding your Muse". Until then, I would love to hear your thoughts on the "W" graph and if you ever used anything similar in your writing.
Have a great week all! See you back here on Friday!