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Today I’m working on clarifying what the SPINE of my story is. Spine? You might be thinking. Yes, spine; something we writers often don’t know a darned thing about, but we should. I’ll get to some helpful info soon, stay with me.
Yesterday after a conversation with story master Robert J.Ray (author of Murdock Mysteries and The Weekend Novelist and more) – who has read some of my novel, I now understand what I didn’t understand before; the spine of my story is LOST – SAVED. I didn’t see it – trees through the forest and all, or maybe I’m just a little slow on the uptake – but he saw it and the moment he said it, I thought, Bingo! Of course that’s it. How simple and yet, how complex. Or maybe it’s just that ‘me’ being a little slow, thing again.
Now, in my rewrite I can deepen my theme, add thick layers where before I had thin and flimsy, and truly create the story I envision. This has been an epiphany for me. I like epiphanies – they change everything. SO, if you don’t know the spine of your story, start here at Robert Ray and Jack Remick’s blog for writers. It will make you a better writer. Now, I have to get some writing done, so stop bothering me. Check out Bob’s books at Murdock Mysteries.
Polar opposites, like LOST – SAVED! Bingo!!!!!!
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