Looking for the Deus ex machina in my story

Beginning a realistic writing process, that is above my knowledge base has become a challenging task.  With that said my writing has gone to the back burner, because I am stuck. It is not a block  I have hundreds of ideas, just not the structure I want.

My narration, plot, and character description, has gotten a bit better, however, not  set in stone, and it makes me wonder what other writers experience as they begin their own writing process, of their first major piece of work? And, or is this a conflict of interest in every piece of work all the time? I ask myself these questions determined to go onward with such a wonderful story, but how?

Another road block is my genre who will publish me? and who will represent me as an agent? knowing that I am part of the western fiction genre, a genre said to be “dieing out” so to speak…

So where to turn from here, and also my cross with past tense and present tense, due to the fact part of the novel speaks about the characters present, but also very descriptive in times about their past. where they came from, the history in my bandits, etc.

So it draws me to crossroads, and which path do I take?  Do I take the one less traveled by, and make all the difference, this time I am not sure, I need to brush up on story structure, which is a huge part of this, well structure just is the issue that  I am having.  I have put together 15000 words of a story, and the structure is leaning towards the watering hole, that the horses are drinking out of.  I want it to be so much more, and possibly with any dream, have a shiny gold sticker on each copy that sells, wink wink.

Where can I possibly go from here to find my deus ex machina, or my inextricable problem in which is suddenly and abruptly solved with the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new event, character, ability, or object.

Can I turn this thing around, and make it to the spur award? the breakout author? an agent to love it from the first five words? and a publisher that is sure that it will be the next NY bestseller? I know deep down that I think I can, just at this point, I am not sure how.

I get great feedback, although it is very spaced out, and wish I could catch the eye, of more readers that are also writers  here in my blog, just for more feedback to combine it all. what I get is awesome, however, I feel that I could use some extra insight this time around, and assist me into a journey of constructing a structure.

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One thought on “Looking for the Deus ex machina in my story

  1. Ritchie,
    You speak so clearly of such a universal concern-finding the theme of the story, the structure, the narrative arc. My experience has shown me that if I keep writing stories,just getting the raw data on paper, the overall story will begin to reveal itself. Characters/scenes will show up that you hadn’t even thought of. I also like the idea of writing being like a patchwork quilt. If you keep working on individual stories,like patches of fabric eventually they can be sewn together to make a patchwork quilt. So write on and your stoy will reveal itself over time. I don’t think it can be forced. Good Luck!

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