By Ellen Meister
Every writer has his or her struggles. Some find dialogue almost impossible to nail. Others wrestle with point-of-view. Many approach the revision process like they’re having fingernails removed.
For me, it’s story—shaping the concept of the book into a coherent narrative thread with a beginning, middle and end.
I felt like I had tricked her. How could she possibly think I was strong at story?
THE OTHER LIFE and FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER (Putnam, 2/2013), are getting a fair amount of attention in Hollywood.
The truth is, I work like that devil at it, because it is so damned hard. That's why I hesitated for only a moment when Debbi Honorof from Hofstra University asked me if I would like to teach a high intensity writers’ webinar for her continuing ed program.
"Only if I can teach about story structure," I said.
The live webinar from Hofstra is on Tuesday, June 5 at 7 pm Eastern Time, and is available to anyone online. (Here's a handy clock converter that lets you see what time that is in your area.) At my request, Hofstra has kept the price very reasonable and even extended the pre-registration discount. Plus, they are recording the event and sending every registrant a link for future viewings. So if you're interested, I hope you'll sign up. Click here for more info.
In any case, I understand that every writer is different, and I'd love to know about your struggles. What do you consider the hardest part of the process? And if you have any tips on how you make it easier, I'm sure we'd all love to know!
NEW: LEAVE YOUR COMMENT ABOUT THE WRITING PROCESS AND YOU'LL BE ENTERED TO WIN A COPY OF THE OTHER LIFE! (U.S. residents only.)