Wednesday, May 16, 2007
I attended the RWA chapter meeting last night. Elizabeth Boyle was our speaker and she did a good job of giving me more to think about while writing a book. She talked about Conflict and Characters and had some good insights into how to build the conflict and work those characters to achieve the suspense or momentum that keeps the reader reading. (And Piper blogged about the meeting on the chapter blog) Great reading!
She had us write down the hero and heroine's goals at the beginning of our WIPs. I wrote Zeke wants to marry Maeve. But the more I thought about it on the drive home. (3 hours can give you a lot of thinking time) I realized it isn't that he wants to marry Maeve, he wants her to accept the fact he won't leave her - no matter what. That he isn't like her father. Which, I had been toying with an ending and now I know my black moment! Not sure exactly how I'm going to get there, but I will. And Maeve whose goal is to never count on anyone- will need Zeke.
We were discussing how every writer loves those AHA! moments. I had that on the way home! Have you had an Aha! moment lately in writing or in life in general?
PS: Since I was talking about Zeke- I had to put his photo up again~ sigh.