Can we say boring? I was so ... step-by-step/ paint-by-number back then. I remember it was so frustrating. I would read these books and love them, but just couldn't break them down and see how they ticked.
Then I started studying both fiction and non-fiction about how to write fiction. I started reading interviews with authors. Maybe the very biggest thing that I did since 2008 to train my mind how to construct tension was I began to listen to WritingExcuses.org and stopped reading about how to write, and started actually writing more.
I am currently on day two of CampNaNoWriMo.org and my 1,667 words per day is going swimmingly. But I'm noticing that as I approach a scene that just last year would have made me sweat a little, I simply said to myself...
I want to show that the husband feels at home in the hospital, it's his safe place. I want to show that this patients wife is frustrated, but determined to not let that control her behavior. She is a problem solver. She keeps her struggles private. I want her and the doctor to disagree about treatment, and she must find a way to understand why the doctor doesn't think she is good for her husbands rehab at this point. what does she do?I basically have a clear goal. This is how my character is. This is what I want to show you. This is both to build my plot up, and reveal my characters to you, the reader. Everything has a purpose. Everything lends to character, plot, tension/conflict, setting, and eventually theme.... naturally, not with a gun to the head. :)
I just wanted to share that. It is a milestone for me, and I just today realized that I've reached it!
Yay, Me!! :D