I suppose what has not really come across in this blog is that I am a writer.
Not an author, mind you - at least not yet - but I write. Essays, poetry, short stories, this little blog.... and I have, over the years, tried my hand at writing a novel.
I'm working on a murder mystery. It's my first attempt at this genre, and I'm learning a lot that I never really thought about. Like the fact that, if you want it to really work, you have to know equally as much about the character that is killed as you do about the killer. I mean, you really have to get inside their heads, know what makes them tick, know what drives them to murder, instead of, say, revenge.
And you'd better know your peripheral characters too, or they will come across as nothing more that caricatures - cartoon images stuck on the wall, instead of three-dimensional beings walking through the story.
We had critique day at my writers group yesterday. So I took the bit that I've had the most trouble with - the opening chapter. The problem is that there are so many characters introduced all at once, it's really jumbled. But I got very good feedback - constructive criticism and pointers on how to make it flow a little better.
I was in a flat out panic about having someone else read my work, and having all these other writers (some published) hear it... but then I discovered that everyone else was in the same place. We're all introverts to some extend, all a little anxious and protective of our babies. But it came out very well overall for all of us.
I was so jazzed after the meeting that I went home & worked on the
story for three hours! Not a lot of forward motion, but
editing and rewrites to make it clearer. I cut probably 500 words, and
wrote probably 1000, so net 500 words overall.
And I went to bed... happy. :-)