Two Birds, One Stone

Yesterday, I won NaNoWriMo. 50k in 19 days.

Today, I finished the rough draft for Colors to Stars, (which is going to need a real title soon), totally at 73,056 words.

It is bittersweet to finish a project, especially one that has had so much of my heart in it. But it has been a very good journey so far, and especially in these past couple of days of writing I’ve had a lot of great personal insights. Some encouraging, but mostly convicting.

I’ve realized there are things I have been holding on to, thinking that they might help heal so many wounds. I’ve discovered that these things, which I explore in this novel, some times give temporary relief, or satisfcation, but they always demand more. And the price they require is great, one I am not willing to pay.Read More »

Moving Forward, Letting Go

I just finished Act 1 of Colors to Stars and I’tm already in analyzing mode. There might not be enough words. Should it be longer? Hmm. I can add a scene here and here without slowing down the pacing too much. Might even help it build better.

The only problem is, I have experienced time and time again, and heard from others over and over, that the priority of a first draft is not word counts or the perfect outline or seamless pacing: it’s to finish. So I have to do the hard thing and not go back. I have to keep writing, moving foward.

The nice thing is that my outline, while complete and leads between plot points smoothly (I hope!), leaves plenty of room for discovery. In fact, almost every single scene I’ve plotted has evolved much differently than I originally pictured. The start and finish lines are the same, but how the characters move from one to the other is a whole new adventure.Read More »

The Creative Way

Where do I even begin?

This month, I took a deep dive into The Creative Way, a storytelling course by my favorite author, Ted Dekker. I was so excited to finally be able to take it as it has been offered once a year for the past two years and I was never able to afford it. This year, however, thanks to my parents and Millie, I was able to sign up and get my books! I am beyond grateful to the support I recieved from my family in taking this course and it has had an invaluable impact on me already.

The big thing about this course that makes it so powerful and unique is that it is not a writing course – it is a storytelling course. It is entirely about the art of story, and not just any story, but what Ted calls transformative fiction. I have long loved his definition of what a good story is, and The Creative Way really pushed me deep into the full meaning of story.

Story is a series of events involving worthy characters who are transformed as a result of those events.

He broke this definition down and specified each part of it even more in the course, but the main focus was on the word Transformed.Read More »