On the Writing Process: Moving Beyond a First Draft Impasse [PHOTO]

imageI’ve been in a sort of stand-still for the past week on the first draft of the second Squirrel Hill High novel.  I know what needs to happen, I just couldn’t figure out how to visualize it, how to stage the scene / chapter.

Then, yesterday, I walked by a location that was inspiration for a scene in “Digital Me” and it all hit me, mostly at once, with a few other character-related connections following on.

The notes in the photo, while on the surface appearing to be a jumbled mess of red ink like Mr. Matthews writes on his desk calendar in “Digital Me”, actually represent a big step forward for the second novel.


About JMVarnerBooks

With the days of international travel behind him, J. M. Varner now exercises his language skills in his English classroom and on the page. A second life as an author affords him another way to encourage his students and fans to read, write, and think independently. Borrowing terms from noted media critic Neil Postman, Mr. Varner summarizes his 'Philosophy of Fiction': "Writing a novel is a creative process of World Building and Word Weaving. Authors build worlds in our minds; these can be fantastical worlds or fictionalized variations of our own reality. By writing and rewriting, we weave these worlds into words on the page." Mr. Varner is currently writing the next novel in the "Squirrel Hill High" series, a series launched with the debut novel, "Digital Me". Set in a fictional high school located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at Squirrel Hill High students and teachers live through true-to-life drama in the emotionally charged environment of the American high school.
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