Friday, 11 February 2011
Just a little share today...
So, I’ve started a little work of fiction. I have a lot more finished than I’ve actually posted here to share with you but, I’ve decided I’m not going to post any more until it’s finished, then I’ll post it in its entirety.
The thing with writing is that as the details of the plot begin to develop, you have to make changes to the beginning of the work; pulling things together so they make sense. Since this is my first effort at fiction, it really is a learning process and I’m learning lots of things about how to develop the story and make the characters interesting. It’s difficult to form a personality for a character out of nothing, to ensure their behaviors match who they are and can be easily explained as “who they are”.
For my male readers, don’t despair that this is going to be some sappy and girlie work of romance. It’s a story of grief and redemption, fit for any reader. The love between the characters is just part of the path to reach the end, a way, of sorts, of explaining the events that unfold as the story progresses.
I’ve also found, due to the history of the time period the story is set in, that it would be lax of me to not research those years in American history and include some of those details in the story itself. It’s important, in making the story believable, to be accurate in regard to the time frame of the setting.
When the time comes to post the completed work, I will create a new page link within my blog and post the story in a single post, rather than dividing it into parts. In the meantime, do not be surprised or discouraged if you see the first two posts disappear, as they have both already been revised so that later parts of the story will make more sense.
Honestly, I was a little disappointed that I didn’t receive more feedback. I encountered several people, who in person were very complimentary and anxious to read more. Yet, overall, the response was underwhelming, to say the least.
Please know that your comments are always appreciated. It’s your desire to see what I’m going to say next that encourages me to continue with the blog and share my thoughts on life and the world at large. My goal is to provoke you to think and I would like to know that I’m not sharing who I am with mindless vegetables who are staring blankly at a computer screen.
Never fear, funny posts will continue too. I am, after all, a mother, a wife, a woman who milks goats and feeds chickens, the owner of one stupid Marmaduke like boxer, one who takes in stray children, a knitter, a crocheter, a writer, a cynic and a ponderer. My life is adventurous and interesting and how shameful of me not to share that with others.
Posted by Erica Tomlin