Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Tonight after soccer practice, we were strategizing for our next game. We talked about pushing the ball to the wings and then pulling it to the top for the mids or defence to shoot. We discussed being first to the ball and playing tight defence.

Mind you these are things that we would ideally like to do.

I remember when I kicked a ball and instead of going down the field, it went in front of the net. My keeper yelled, "never in front of the goal," and I yelled back, "I didn't mean to do that."

I think when it comes to our writing ideally we want perfect plots, complicated characters, and stunning settings. And lots of times our ideas are great. I had a recent one where my CP wrote back telling me she thought it was a terrific idea and I responded with, "I seem to have good ideas, now I just work on my execution."

So along with my long balls and crosses, I'm going to work on my character motivations and emotions. I think those things will help me in my execution on the pitch and in front of the computer.

How about you? What are trying to do in order to have better execution?


Stina Lindenblatt said...

It would definitely be emotion. The type of emotion that moves the reader, that keeps them reading. :)

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Not give up on editing too soon.
~ Wendy

Connie Keller said...

I'm trying to avoid letting the plot overwhelm the characterization. Easy in theory, hard in practice--at least it's hard for me.

....Petty Witter said...

Good luck with this Patti but please remember not to be too hard on yourself.

Melissa Marsh said...

Since I was having trouble with plotting, I picked up a new book on the topic, STORY ENGINEERING, and buckled down and did the work of plotting out my novel. Now I know exactly where I'm going, but I've left room for surprises. It's one of the best things I ever did for my writing.

Martin Willoughby said...

Keep it up. The more you practice, the better you get...and that goes for football too.

Robyn Campbell said...

I'm trying to have better execution with emotions. I want folks to feel it when they read my stories. We can do this woman! xoxo

Angela Ackerman said...

I struggle with execution,too. I think that it will come with practice...I hope at least, lol!