Disclaimer: Intentional Use of Bad Metaphor, Read at Your Own Risk.
Naturally, Scarlet Whisper has to crack a few safes/vaults/heads to get the jewels.
As her mild-mannered alter ego, I’m more into cerebral lock picking. Lately, I’ve been struggling to unlock the secrets of characterization and emotional tension.
See…I just finished my WIP, which has a face melting premise, lots of snarktastic twists, and plenty of fist flying action. (Did I mention the Evil Elvii? And the Volcanoes? There’s always those.)
I have to deliver more than that. My characters can’t just move from one scene like CGI ninjas on a green screen. My tale needs depth and heart. The reader needs to get inside the mind of the protagonist.
Whoa…sometimes, I don’t feel up to the task of this whole writing gig.
It’s a good thing I have writing mentors. The League of Extraordinary Writers, the superfriends who meet every Wednesday for DFWWW and IHOP post mortem are my saving grace.
Their advice and critique is priceless. The tips and tricks are like a locksmith’s tools. I can use them to crack the writing code. I can listen and learn and read examples of good stuff. Once the door is open, it’s like I’m rolling around in a pile of greenbacks and sparkly stones.
All week, I’ve been marking up passages of favorite books and posts. I’m analyzing good passages and taking notes.
I’m picking locks.
I’d love to know what writing obstacles you struggle with. What has helped YOU?
Hungry for More? Try my banana pudding, a dish modeled after one of Elvis Presley’s favorite desserts.
The Evil Elvii’s Favorite Banana Pudding
3 reg. sized boxes instant vanilla pudding mix
5 cups milk
8 ounces sour cream (yeah, you read that right)
12 ounces Cool Whip
2 boxes vanilla wafers
In a large bowl, blend pudding mix with milk (use a wire whisk). Add sour cream and half the cool whip. Mix well. Set aside. In a large bowl or dish, layer in the following order: cookies, bananas and pudding mixture. Top with remaining cool whip.