Friday, October 21, 2011

It's totally complicated

First, Matt (QQQE) is critiquing my query. Go and tear it apart check it out. Let me know what you think. *hides in corner*

Oh and go congratulate Shannon O'Donnell. She has an agent. Shannon is simply the best. That's right, she is. So don't forget to go and do a happy dance for her.

On with the post:
The word complicated is something we don't always like to hear, but for some reason I've heard it all my life. It's like a little cat toy that dangles over my head and doesn't go away when I bat at it. Just the other day, I was speaking with one of my CPs about a plot and how I make things complicated. She said,"You do." I thought about it. I do, but why? I always seem to come up with these complicated plots that are so out of my writing level, I don't know what I'm thinking. I over analyze, over think, over do. I'm not sure why. To be different? To stretch myself? Why can't I just make it easy? I do this in my daily life too, but that's a whole other bag of scary.

I notice when I just do things they flow. For example: As you all know my one manuscripts is being beta read/critted. Some of the things that have been pointed out are totally legit and need attention. First, I looked at it with complete horror (wanting to run away with arms flailing), and after a couple of days of holy crap-this is never going to happen-over thinking every possible thing-these readers think I'm a total amateur, I finally took a breath. I sat there and went through the comments and for once in my writing journey soaked it in and realized it's not that horrible. I can fix this. Last night, I decided to take out a couple of parts and wound up writing 1000 words to a new scene. It needs some work, but still. I need to realize to just let things go, breathe, think easy and take the challenge to fix it instead of over thinking, over analyzing, making it all complicated.

So how about you--do you make things complicated?

Have a wonderful weekend!

13 comments:

  1. You're talented enough! Nothing is above your level.
    Me? I'm a simple guy...

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  2. I'm trying to add complications for suspense sake. :D

    Off now to check out your query.

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  3. Rewrites tend to flow better than expected. But they definitely make me nervous. Off to check out your query!

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  4. I usually wish I could make my plots more complicated.

    And thanks for sharing your query!

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  5. I think complicated is sometimes a good thing. Have you ever considered doing a story map- sometimes I think you have good ideas, it is just hard to connect them all. Or, you just try to put too much into one story. You have to choose which way you want to go. Just go for it! You can do it!

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  6. Do I make things complicated???? OMGosh...that's my current issue with my new YA novel. I have to many ideas that I want to include. *sighs* I need to have a brainstorming session with someone.

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  7. I make my life complicated by trying to do too much at once but, that's probably not what you were talking about, huh?

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  8. My plots are often too simple. I love your query idea btw :-)

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  9. I do the same thing. I've had to learn to simplify in writing and life. Letting go of things I think are essential (but aren't) has made a huge difference. I have to go through the decluttering bit every few months, but just recognizing it helps.

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  10. I prefer the word "interesting" because complicated is more interesting...right?

    Critical feedback is never as bad as it first seems and is always surmountable. Glad you surmounted it and I hope you love your new scene. :)

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  11. *hands you chocolate and hugs* this is how we ALL learn to grow!!! I saw your query and tried my hand at it (it might totally suck though)!

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  12. Easy is good and all, I'm a big fan. BUT, if you're complicated then embrace it. Same goes for your writing style. I say, instead of trying to uncomplicate your writing just make it the BEST complicated writing (and story) ever. Again, embrace it.

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