Good evening fellow writers. I trust your evening is going well. Mine sure is! I want to give a shout out to my friend and fellow writer Lisa, who was kind enough to give me a ride to the Wellington Critique meeting today. She did not have to do that, but being the kind of person she is, she did it anyway and I want to thank her again.
Regarding the meeting itself, it was well attended by very talented writers and hosted by my friend Caryn. Everyone got to read including myself. And that brings me to the point of my title.
You see I have been experimenting with the “hook as in the inciting incident”. Sometimes the experiment turns out good. Other times not so good. In my case it was the latter. I received some tough love from my fellow writers and believe that is a very good thing.
Amongst the suggestions I received were… Don’t try to describe the characters in detail at the beginning. It disrupts the flow of the story. Besides I can introduce bits and pieces of the character details throughout the story.
As I recall another criticism was I switched points of view too much. At least I think that was mentioned. Sometimes it is difficult to remember what was said, but the point being is to try and stay in one characters point of view throughout the scene if possible. This way the reader is not jolted out of the scene. That is something a writer should not do. At least if you are going to change the point of view, then set it up so the reader will not be jolted.
A couple of other things was I strayed from writing action and dialogue sequences. Those are my main strengths. So as I said in the title of this post, experimenting can be a good thing so long as you keep in mind what is important. In my case it is sticking with writing good action and dialog for the inciting incident. After all that is what most inciting incidents are made up of is action and dialogue.
So as I said earlier in this post the meeting was great and I learned a lot today. And with that in mind I had better get back to my writing. I have a lot of changing to do. So until next time… William out!