Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Blib Blab finkle dinkle dum bum

Admit it. You clicked over to my blog just to see what the finkle dinkle dum bum was about. It's nothing. Just a bunch of random words that I threw up  as a title to gimmick you into reading my post today.

I haven't been posting much because my re-write of Product of an Illusion is a bit behind schedule. I have a few chapters written and a semblance of a mental outline, but I can't bring myself to move forward. It's often suggested that when you have a story to tell, just get it down on paper, and then go back and revise and rewrite. But, this is like the tenth rewrite of Product of an Illusion and I'm scared to go forward, because I don't know if my beginning is strong enough. And I don't want to get 90 pages into it and realize that it sucks and I should start over. I've already done that more times that I care to admit.

I believe there is a fine line between a gimmick and a hook. And I can't figure out which label applies to my beginning. Secondly, I've tried to make sure I'm "showing" and only "telling" if it is pertinent to moving the plot forward. And third, this is the first time I've written something in third person with an omniscient narrator, and sometimes I wonder if I'm going about it correctly.

Would any of you guys be interested in reading and critiquing my first chapter? If you're willing please email me at productofanillusion at gmail dot com.

Happy writing!


  1. It's tough making those decisions. My advice is to take it one step at a time - not to try to do too much with each rounds of edits.

    I wish I had more time to help you out - but I'm a little overwhelmed with my own stuff at the moment. Good luck.

  2. You are so right Jemi. I've been spending a lot of time thinking before I write.
    Good luck with your work.

  3. I think there is a fine line between almost anything and a gimmick. It's treading it very carefully that we must work on. Good luck on your rewrite!