There are lots of things I’m not very good at.
Like paying attention to information sessions, being interested in car salesmen, or having the stomach to listen to copious amounts of rap music. Those are all things that I’m particularly bad at.
When I comes to writing, though, I find that I have three main flaws:
- I tend to be too subtle
- Writing action scenes
- I’m not funny
I’m sure that any of my critique partners would agree with these three things. I really think that readers should just get something, and that I don’t really have to spell it out, but that’s really not the case. I tend to be far too subtle.
I also have one hell of a time writing action scenes. Because I picture many of the scenes that I write as if I were a director and were directing the shots, I tend to struggle through my action scenes. In my head, I see it broken down into shots, but reading an action scene shot like a movie is very different than actually watching it. I have to alter what I see in my head to make sense on the page, so that you aren’t just reading a shot list.
Then finally, humor. Oh how I wish I could be funny. I think that my critique partners would agree that Opus really isn’t all that funny. It has its witty moments. That is my main problem with it. As much as I love Opus and as much as I want to snuggle it close, there is one character arc that has to be fairly dark at its beginning in order for the rest of the plot to play out. And it makes me very sad that incorporating humor into the rest of the novel is like trying to extract a tooth from a half-sedated tiger.
Filled with a lot of sweat and tears and blood and angry roars of pain and frustration.
In short, I really want to make Opus more funny. I feel like humor, or at least more witty humor, will lighten the book up slightly. I mean, it is supposed to be fairly dark, but I don’t want it to be Chris-Nolan-Dark-Knight type dark.
It won’t be nearly that dark until the third one…(though hopefully not as dark as Mockingjay)
4 months and 4 weeks left.
(Wow, you say snidely, that’s so much progress. Shut up, I know).
Run by Daughter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psiILfa-G1c
I guess we’re getting into the part (the very small part) of the Opus Draft 1 Playlist that has songs with actual lyrics. It’s a miracle.