Wednesday: What’s that, Chapter 19?

I want to be the kind of person that doesn’t follow rules, but as I’m going through chapter 19, I have to say that see the value of this one:  In a piece of writing, there needs to be a reason for everything that happens.

Wait–I think that needs an addendum.  Not in the first draft.  If I thought about the reasons for things that happen while writing the first draft, my main character would still be on page one, waking up.

But now that I am in draft five, there needs to be a reason that my main character has a nightmare on page 156, and this reason needs to go beyond me thinking it would be interesting.  Why?  Because I am not writing this just for myself.  Novel happenings need to be interesting not just to me, but to the story itself.

If I were to tell a hypothetical friend that I had a nightmare about an evil frog chasing me around my pool, this imaginary person would be captivated because, as my friend, she is interested in me as a person.  But, if I told a stranger about this same dream, they’d probably say, “Yeah, weird, but why are you telling me this?”

It’s been hard, but I keep reminding myself that readers of my novel are going to be more like strangers than friends.  As the writer, I think it’s important that prove why the things that happen to my characters are interesting.  Almost like writing an essay, and how you have to give support for your thesis.

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~ by Clickity Clack on January 19, 2011.

One Response to “Wednesday: What’s that, Chapter 19?”

  1. Good luck on convincing your readers there is a good reason for waking up…

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