Join Holly Hunt today as she wonders at where to go with her guest, Ivana L. Truglio. Includes a review of Ivana’s book Rilla at the end of the show.
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So, you’ve set off on your adventure – what are you going to do now?
Well, you as a writer, have a couple of options. You can work your way through your book slowly, each word slaved over for weeks as you try to express your innermost story to the world.
Or, you can close your eyes and start writing.
Don’t worry about the roughness of your draft – that can always be fixed. Don’t worry that your dialogue is dry and flat – that can be fixed too. As your character sets off on his adventure, so should you start off on yours. And as you ask your character to put one foot – or wing, or claw – in front of the other, so should you. Just keep writing, until you get to the last page – that’s the only way you’re going to make it to the end, and finish up with a story you can tell anyone who will listen.
Now that your characters have left home, and you’re on your way to the first conflict, it’s the time for your first reflection. You’ve decided what’s going to happen, and how. You’ve set up every character of note, well, most of them, in their places. So what are you going to do with your time?
This journey is not going to be easy, for you or your character, but you can always go back and make it better. But editing remains in your future. For now, write everything that comes to mind. Hate it and want to delete it? Instead, change the font colour to white and start again, hiding your mistakes from your own mind for all you know, there could be a diamond in that slate, and you may accidentally delete it. Only when your book is finished should you go back through the slag pile.
But for now, write, and write on. What’s that I see up ahead? It’s the first conflict. Off we go!