I've been reflecting on this dastardly humpage issue. Where did it come from? How can I climb over it and proceed with the wondrous pouring forth of creativity, casting of narrative seeds and watering of cerebral roses for which I long?
|Needing to sprout (image by Bossco)|
Despite my stated antipathy to thinking about story structure, I know I need to get to grips with it. You have to know the rules before you can break them and whilst I might long to be the George RR Martin of the romance writing world, I think I might need a bit of text book guidance.
One planning weakness for me in approaching romance is that there are two protagonists and nine times out of then I know one character much better than the other.
Stories tend to come with me in a scene... or a 'what if?'... and nearly always that scene is focused on one key character. For me that character is in glorious technicolor, 3D and bursting with life. The other, more often, is not.
With Banshee I can walk inside the heroine's skin, feel what she's feeling and see what she's seeing. The hero is a different kettle of fish. Even when creating pinterest boards, my heroine Tara's clothes and appearance were easy to collate because I knew what she liked. His were not.
My conclusion is that I need to go back to the drawing board.
I need all my characters talking to me. I need to understand the thing which challenges each of them at the deepest levels. I particularly need to understand that for my hero.
Only then can I create a First Plot Point which will shape the story to come and take me sailing past that 34K mark....
(for the record, I do have a First Plot Point at present - it's just a bit rubbish).