Monday, March 21, 2011

Keeping it real and finding the heart

Thanks to Simon and Frankie for another fun Philly lit night. I was so sad I had to leave before dinner. :(  Definitely will stay next time.

Another thing that was super fantastic this weekend is-- I got my first ARC. Yes, I'm excited, so keep watching for my review.

I basically took the weekend off from writing. Well, I never fully take off because I think about my stories constantly, so my brain wasn't fully in vacation mode. The end of last week was sort of rough and I had to re-evaluate some things, including myself. Blogging can get in your head, reading other writers progress was making me compare myself and that's just bad. So, instead of totally curling up into a hole, I'm plugging through. All of this nonsense actually helped me come up with the heart of my story, which is the problem that put me in a tizzy last week. I needed to find the heart.

The heart is why you're telling the story in the first place. What makes the character change and why? Why should the reader care? This has to be evident in the first chapter and what made me so crazy last week. The funny part is-- I've been feeling and dealing with what my character is going through for many years. I guess that's why I'm pretty determined to write it. Crazy, how things come about.

So, this week I will be digging deep into this character's head to make the first chapter make sense (hopefully), and then write the rest. Whew.

Have you found the heart of your story?

How was your weekend?

What are your goals this week?

Have a great day!


  1. Oh, we sound like we're in a very similar place, Chris. I, too, have been comparing myself to others, lately. Tough place to be. Don't do it! Yeah, I know it's hard. I've decided this morning that I'm going to start reading blog posts with a more open mind, see what's good for my personal journey and leave the rest behind. Congratulate others but know my time is coming.

    I have to remember, I AM writing for the heart of my story and my readers.

  2. Don't ever compare yourself to anyone else. As you've found, it's deadly.

    I'm making headway. I'm 4 pages from the end. I've got to get it done today. I've got a lot on the personal end coming up this week so there's no time like the present.

    Keep plugging, Christine, you'll get there.

  3. Every once in a while I have to take a break from the internet when i'm feeling down. It doesn't take long for it to fade and then I'm ready again. Glad you found your heart!

  4. Wish you could have stayed longer!! And yay for finding the heart--you can totally do it!

  5. Congratulations on the ARC and glad you had a good time in Philly with the others. The heart of my writing is the characters - always.

  6. Woohoo for ARCS! I'll be watching for this review. Finding the heart of the story is so important. I found that my heart stayed with my characters through all the turbulent plot problems I encountered through the past year but I couldn't let them go. Now I have the plot which I love equally to my characters and it' all gelling so well. Girl, I know you can do this. I've SEEN it and I KNOW that you ARE a good writer. Just write "you", it will be amazing hun! Glad you found what you needed :D

  7. The heart of my story is the friendship/romance between my MCs. My weekend was nothing exciting, and this week promises to be more of the same with more reading and writing, and then strippers on Saturday. You know, the usual.
    - Sophia.

  8. Yay for Philly Lit Night! And yes, next time we insist that you stick around for dinner!

    Also, my weekend was quite lovely, thanks. :)

  9. Whoohoo for the ARC! And good for you, for spending time dwelling. Sometimes that get's forgotten about but it is as necessary as writing it all down is. And hope you can get the 1st chapter work done!

  10. Yay! I've never gotten an ARC. There's always a first time for everything, though :)

    I'm glad you found the heart of your story. That's awesome. I got a couple of chapters out of the way last weekend and hope to finish the other three or four this week. If not this week, by the end of March next week!

    I've never been good at finding the heart of my stories, but I hope to be able to really define them during my revisions! Thanks for the post.

  11. I had some trouble with this on my most recent WIP. I started it and quit it twice. But then I did something I'd always "pooh-poohed" before -- I interviewed my main character.

    I asked most of the questions, but a crit partner who'd been reading the draft had a few she wanted to ask. I worked really hard on his answers, and suddenly -- I started to understand him.

    I hope I've found the heart of the story. I going back for my 3rd attempt to write this draft, and hoping for the best!

  12. I think I have found my story's heart, and my goal for this week is to get my feet back under me and get some work done.

    That's cool about the Arc. I've never gotten one... :D <3

  13. The heart is what keeps me writing in the middle when things are murky and confusing (and I want to quit).

  14. hi miss christine! yay for getting your first arc. miss jen at unedited sent me some arcs and it felt just real special. hooray for finding the heart of your story. for this week im trying to get more done on one im revising and one i gotta finish. schools getting in my way. ack! ha ha.
    ...hugs from lenny

  15. Wow, good reminder to keep the heart of a story in mind. I have to go contemplate this some more about my novel(s)....