Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Insecure Writer's Support Group

The Insecure Writer's Support Group posts every first Wednesday of the month. I've stepped away from my short break to write a post because, well, I could use a little bit of lovin'.

I'm having some trouble seeing the smaller picture in my WIP.  The Big Picture...sure. I know where my characters will be at the end of the first act. I know where they'll be at midpoint. I also know how I plan to end things, but connecting the dots along the way has faded.


So...sometimes it's important to take a step back
and take in the scenery.



Eventually, things will reveal themselves and the beauty you will find is amazing.

See...now I feel better. 

Thank you!




19 comments:

  1. That insect is so cute! I want one! I have the same problem. I can see the BIG picture, but I have no idea how to create it, because I have to look at all the little dots required to get there, and my eyesight sucks :D

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  2. I suffer from that too. You're not alone. I know where my characters need to be, know the middle beginning and end, so to speak, but there are dots in between that just need filling out. I know these dots are there as they're missing from the bigger picture, but I usually put them aside and worry about them when I get there. Nine times out of ten the dots have been joined by then.

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  3. Ravena, I too have poor eyesight, or better yet, selective eyesight. =)

    DRC, you're right about the dots connecting at the end. I love it when that happens. =)

    Thanks for your comments.

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  4. Hm. You're all plotters, obviously. I let the characters run the show, and eventually they get where they're supposed to be (with a little discrete nudging from time to time).

    So I have no problem with the little details, but the big picture eludes me.

    Maybe spend some time free-writing and just get to know your characters so you'll know how THEY would get to the point you've set for them.

    Lauren
    Lauren-ritz.blogspot.com

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  5. Sometimes I get too hooked on the small picture and sometimes the big. I hope to be balanced one day, but in the meantime I try to make the most of the swings.

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  6. Beautiful post! I love the flow of pictures and words intertwined together!

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  7. Wonderful post! And excellent advice. :)

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  8. It can be so frustrating when you can't see the smaller picture in your writing. Free writing with pen and paper often help me figure things out. Thanks for sharing this link!

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  9. Touche' .... well said.

    I try to always take time to appreciate my surroundings. It really helps clean the cobwebs out of our minds.

    Wonderful photos!

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  10. I have the same trouble! Like the insect pictures. Good luck!

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  11. I don't say this very often, but this insect is a cutie :)

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  12. I love the pictures!

    I have the same writing problem sometimes, too. It can be so easy to see the character arc and how things will unfold over the course of the novel, but the details can be hard to pin down.

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  13. When looking at the big picture, we can often miss the minute details that could be important, the bits that hold a story together. Then, again, there are times when taking a step back puts the whole thing in focus.

    BTW, tag, you're it! If you feel like playing, check out my blog. :)

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  14. Hey, look at what you discovered! Sometimes, the little things are harder than the big picture, IMO.

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  15. Thanks! I actually took these pictures. =)

    Hi Humpty. I'll try to get to the tag soon. Thanks!

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  16. Oh you're easy.

    I too find if I verbalize a problem it works out by the time I stop yapping.

    Yeah, I get a few odd looks :)

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  17. Love, love, love this post! You are so right when you say step back - things always have a way of revealing themselves if we give them the time. Thanks, Elizabeth.

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