After the little grumble in my last post about not having enough time to write, the optimistic aspect of my character, let’s call her Ms Daisy, has whacked me into a more positive frame of mind. It only took a tiny, painless slap because of the amazingly supportive people in my writing group – well it’s not actually MY writing group, but a writing group to which I am very blessed to belong.
I have previously introduced you to some of the other participants: Ms Jaunty, Ms Sweetness and Ms Metaphor. Now I’d like thou to meet Ms Masterful. Ms Masterful is a long time friend and very wise into the bargain. With a few well-chosen words of advice she can stop Ms Daisy from becoming too reclusive, and not only that, the goals she sets herself are well-worth emulating.
About a year ago, Ms Masterful set about writing a 10,000 word story – a challenge presented by Mr Actualisation who is bound to appear in later posts. Did Ms Masterful find this challenge daunting? Sometimes – well, often perhaps – but that’s not the point! The point is that she persevered, the long short story turned into a novella and along the way she bravely took on board all our critiques, rewrote and rewrote, improved and improved, reshuffled scenes, developed the characters, heightened the conflict and tension to spine-chilling effect, and ultimately mastered the whole thing.
And in so doing, Ms Masterful set an example for moi!
Now I’ve resurrected a mothballed character from an embryonic novel I began a couple of years ago. In fact, I’ve resurrected the novel – I was less than a quarter of the way in on estimate. On reading it after such a long passage of time, I realise Ms Daisy must have had more than her share of input: passive sentences, lots of telling, flowery descriptions, cringe-worthy cliches, corny, corny expressions, to say the least. But, Ms Daisy’s learned a great deal since then.
I’m going to take a leaf out of Ms Masterful’s book – pardon the pun – and put Ms Daisy back to work on the novel until she masters it!