Patience in writing is also a virtue
When a plot has events in it carefully laid out to happen in a particular order and sequence, I have found myself in the position of having a strong desire to ‘get on with it.’
To locate a piece of action, or a chunk of motivation, or a reward for the reader closer to the front of the story than it was originally planned.
This plays havoc with plots:
‘Grab the girl, already.’
‘Shoot the bastard.’
‘Is she STILL pregnant? Can’t we get that baby born?’
And then I remember process. And laying the foundation. And footwork. And good storytelling: keeping the reader wanting the next piece and in edge-of-the-seat, gripping, unbearable suspense – and I stop worrying so hard.
I worked things out in advance, and not much has changed. This can’t happen until that motivation, and that motivation until this other requirement, and that requirement until this prerequisite…
I worked back from the revelation to the steps necessary for the reader to BELIEVE the event when it happens, and there is a pace and a timing structure in place for a reason, and the reader is just going to have to trust me that I’m moving as fast as I possibly can, not dragging my feet, and getting her to a climax with a sense of satisfaction.
And, knowing that a Book is the first in a trilogy, she isn’t going to get the Happily Ever After (HEA) ending quite yet. But I will strive to have the Happy For Now (HFN) be a reasonable stopping place.
Don’t jump the gun – it leads to motive-less actions and hurried prose.
And Dei ex machina (if I’m doing Latin plurals right).
Enjoy the trip.
*Shorties: A place for the quick thoughts that don’t get a huge blog post.