Last night I finished reading a fantastic book on writing – Will Write for Shoes – by novelist Cathy Yardley. While it’s primarily about chick lit, it was Cathy’s fabulous advice about plotting, as well as her easily understandable references to the hard-to-read Story by Robert McKee, that really helped me find a pathway out of the writing funk into which I have sunk over the past two months.
I find I am all ‘flashed’ out and need the challenge of longer, more meaningful fiction. While I knew this, I didn’t really know how to start writing short stories. And not just any short stories (there are, intimidatingly, millions of them out there on the interwebs), but stories that actually say something. That are about something. Something bigger than just a story. I’m not talking serious, ponderous literature – that’s just not me – but good stories, solidly crafted, delivering something memorable. That’s where I want to go. And now I have a plan of attack, and a better appreciation of how to structure a story that drives towards its conclusion.
I hopped on over to Cathy’s blog to thank her and what did I discover? She too has moments where she questions her abilities as a writer. Questions what she wants from her writing. Questions why she should write. Only she knows she must write and that, so I am told over and over, is the hallmark of a true writer. So write I must! And say thank you to Cathy and hope she regains her writing mojo soon.