Fellow writers, stop for a second. This may be helpful for you. Really.
I was in my monthly writing group meeting. We were talking about our goals for the monthly. Mine, as I mentioned previously, was to get draft 0 of In the Dark, a Sound to 75% completion.
My friend, who is an accomplished writer, cautioned that I should read Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody before I go any further. She had just finished reading it and was now almost completely starting over with the novel she had just drafted. The book made her realize all the ways it wasn’t working or could be stronger.
Of course I took my friend’s advice. I started reading the book and immediately sat back to re-evaluate my own outline. I made significant changes in some places. In others, all I needed was some rearranging or minor adjustments.
Yes, this screwed up my plans for January, but I already feel that the novel I’m plotting is so much more solid and emotionally engaging than what I had been working with.
I passed the recommendation on to a friend, who promptly used it to identify what was missing from the first act of her novel. So now, I am recommending it to you.
There are a lot of books about writing out there. This is one of the three must-reads I have on my list—books where if you are to read any at all, these are the ones to choose. I will talk about the other two later on.