I’ve already told you that I’m writing a book for kids. I’m not giving out any details yet.
I’m enjoying every second of writing. For many reasons. But also because I’m so excited to find out what happens next.
A few months ago, I ran into a major difficulty that was setting me back. Structure. For months I was stuck. I had no idea how to get out of the mire.
I knew the setting and the characters that were going to make up the next scene but I’m wasn’t sure what was supposed to happen. And though I knew the setting of the scene after that and though I was keeping the end goal in mind it seemed to me like I was losing the drive of the story. The soul was missing.
Then I was reading some financial newspaper in Hebrew. Just because it was there. They were interviewing an Israeli author. Sadly I don’t remember his name. But when asked about a book he suggests or a book that has helped his writing (I don’t actually remember the exact question), he recommended Michael Hauge’s Writing Screenplays That Sell because though it’s about screenplays it applies to stories as well. That’s where I stopped reading the article and went on-line to order the book.
Finally, after one lost-in-the-mail book, I received the second one that was dispatched to me.
Ahhhh. Sigh of relief. I enjoyed reading the book. And when I got to Chapter 5 I was super-excited because that is where Michael Hauge discusses structure. I’m not going to give away anything in the book, but I will say that I started looking on-line for any site that mentioned Michael Hauge who is clearly nothing short of a down-to-earth genius. I found some YouTube videos and I also found Sylvia’s blog.
Go there now. Open a new tab. Look at what she’s done.
Ok fine. I don’t think the W concept is Michael Hauge’s. I think that credit belongs to Mary Carroll Moore. But regardless, I think what’s important here is that Sylvia put her own storyboard up on her blog and when the page opened in my browser I had a eureka moment.
During the day the opening scenes to my book finally came together. It all made sense. Not because I worked on it, but just because my brain knew what to do with all the story fragments in my brain. So now the real work begins, to get back into the middle of my story. And now that I’m out of my own mucky mire, I can finally provide the tools for my characters to save themselves.
So thank you Michael Hauge, thank you Mary Carroll Moore and thank you Sylvia.