Less than a year ago, I wrote my first novel. I pounded out the first draft in six weeks, spent another few weeks editing and then considered it complete. (Of course, it totally sucks and I still love every page of my wince-inducing child). After that, I decided that I kind of enjoyed writing and set out to learn what I could about the craft. I scoured the internet for every site I could find on how to be a better writer. I joined a critique group called The Next Big Writer. And after nine months, I thought I was doing pretty well for being so new. I’ve fixed a lot of the first timer mistakes. Things like telling instead of showing, writing passive instead of active, using too many adjectives and adverbs, and a ton of other little things. But I’ve been focusing on my writing style.
What about the plot?
My storyline is weak. There’s almost no hook or sense of urgency. So it’s well written but uncompelling. Thank goodness the people in my critique group were honest enough to tell me that or I may never have realized it needed work. Now it’s time to put in the TLC that plot needs and take a cute, decent story into a great, engaging story.
Google, here I come. I’ll be posting some of my findings in the future. For now, anybody know some good resources?