Becoming The Red Queen

quotes from Alice in Wonderland
Approaching the mid-point of NaNoWriMo means word counts are escalating. Writers are pressing their keyboards into warp speed and rushing ahead or trying to make up ground. Either way, characters have established themselves and are starting to make all sorts of decisions to complicate their own lives.

If your writing muscles are feeling strained, and you’re beginning to doubt your direction, take Lewis Carroll’s advice: “No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.”

If you’re feeling stalled, during NaNoWriMo or not, slide into the mantle of Carroll’s iconic character The Red Queen. Not one to hesitate nor second guess herself, The Red Queen would choose climactic action every time.

At what point in your plot arc do you tend to feel stalled?

2 Responses to Becoming The Red Queen
  1. Ai
    November 16, 2012 | 8:02 am

    I tend to get stuck in the build up before a dramatic moment. I like the dramatic moments and they have come easily to me so far. A sword fight or a conversation, or a natural disaster. I lose my hair trying to figure out how to get them worked up for it. Otherwise, I just have a bunch of melodramatic, sensitive characters that go from a quiet fireside discussion to tears in two seconds.

    • angela
      November 21, 2012 | 10:02 am

      Ha! I have an easier time with the buildup than I do the dramatic moment :)