by Margie Senechal
Jordan asks me questions about writing because she wants to write as well--she's thinking of high fantasy or similar. She's always drawn the characters that populate her head and given them stories, so this is the next evolutionary step.
One thing I've told her is not to talk about what you're writing too much. I'm not talking about brainstorming with other writers--that is an invaluable tool.
I'm talking about when someone asks, "Hey, what are you working on now?"
And I answer, "I'm writing a book about pygmies on the planet Ord who try to take over the Goliath government only to discover it's--" and I continue with the entire thing. No--I don't do this. Anymore.
For me, anyway, once I've told the story aloud, I'm not as interested in getting it on paper. I don't care about the pygmies of Ord and the Goliath government.
So, the other day, Jordan asked me about foreshadowing a plot twist. And I was able to give her an example from my WIP, Nobody Number Nine. I'm not going to share it with you, because of the previous paragraphs, but...
But validation came when I told her the plot twist that comes at the end of the book and her eyes widened in delight. This is the first time since Bix that she's been excited about something I'm working on.
Second validation moment was that I actually knew my ending, my plot twist and the way I will mislead the reader--in a good way. That is huge for this pantser.