It's the first Wednesday of the month! Let's gather round of another meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Our fearless leader is the Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. His co-hosts for this month are: Eva Solar, Melanie Schulz, Lisa Buie-Collard, and Stephen Tremp.
This month I'm struggling with story structure. Even though I know prologues can be problematic, I wrote one for my WIP. It was my main character looking back on past events, kind of foreshadowing what's to come. I ended up getting rid of it, but the good news is I think it helped me get into that character's head. It helped get me psyched about writing the story, so perhaps the deleted writing was valuable in that way.
I'm also trying to decide how to develop the relationships between characters. There's a lot going on, and while there needs to be a few quiet moments, too many would slow the narrative down. That means developing them in the midst of the action. That's a great place to show just how much these people mean to each other, of course, and the best way to see who someone really is would be to throw them into a situation where everyone is in danger. Still, I want to strike the right balance between action and feeling, which can be challenging. It's a challenge that I'm enjoying, of course. When you're a writer, struggles like this are part of the territory.