LGBTQIA+ fiction with happy endings
In the past few months I’ve joined groups on Facebook that focus on independent authors, building community, and doing the whole “going indie” thing right. The groups are full of lovely folks who genuinely want to see everyone succeed—visiting those groups is like stepping outside on the first day of spring (when it’s not raining). When I’m there, reading those supportive and informative posts, I feel like I can do it, that it’s not all for nothing and maybe I won’t be shouting into the void (or into the abyss) forever.
One thing I’ve learned that has truly helped me, came in the form of a book recommendation: Write Your Novel From the Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between by James Scott Bell.
It’s a thin book, but don’t let that fool you. The premise is the Golden Triangle which helps map out the emotional center of your plot and/or character[s]. Bell uses simple language and examples to illustrate his concept—so simple I was even able to follow and I’m such a hardcore pantser if I know what happens in the last third I usually can’t finish the book. Something in my writer brain gets bored and moves on to the next book, the next set of characters waiting to be tortured in pursuit of a happy ending.
I’m not going to give away the method, but will encourage you to give the book a shot if you’re looking to tighten the emotional stakes in your writing. I’ve started applying the concept but won’t really know how it works out until next year sometime. I’ll let you know.
Or maybe you can tell me. 😉
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