Friday, June 15, 2012

Layers. Onions have layers. Ogres have layers.


I had a great time on Wednesday. Wait, I mean, Stormy had a great time on Wednesday. He just loved reading all the wonderful and witty comments from everyone. He's a lucky gnome. 

If you didn't get to read the Stormy interview with the amazing and talented Alex J. Cavanaugh then please click here!


Two out of three reviews have come back from my 'editor' peeps regarding Maguire's Corner. 

Both were favorable with room for improvement! Yeah!

I haven't heard back from the third and I'm starting to think that she has some bad news she doesn't want to share. :)

But, that's okay. It's all constructive criticism, right?

I have thicker skin now. I can take it.

I haven't started on any edits from the first two yet. I only have a little to work with at the moment and I'm still contemplating.

Here's the thing.

One of you guys mentioned 'layering' in the comments the other day. I didn't think anything of it until one of my peeps mentioned 'layering' too. 


I hadn't really thought of writing in those terms. I don't see it...dimensional.

In fact, I don't really see it before I write it at all. I have no clear path. I just write.

It's certainly something to think about and try to figure out a 'Heather' way to come up with a solution. Whether it's layering or polishing or re-writing or fixing or whatever.

So, here I sit, like an ogre, with my layers.

What do you guys think? Do you write in layers? Is your writing dimensional?


  1. Stormy rocked the A to Z Blog this week!
    I plan some layers before writing (as I can't function without a detailed outline) but many emerge as I write. (Which is happening right now as I work on my third book.)
    Glad you got some positive feedback and good suggestions from your critique partners!

  2. Layers are so important. Sometimes I add too many layers and it leaves the readers confused but they are so important.

  3. There are all different kinds of layering. Character details - physical, mental, emotional, memory, etc. Plot details and twists and turns layered into subplots and little side treks. I'm still learning about many of these.

  4. Character layers I plan out and I try to plan plot layers but they most often happen during the writing (or revising, usually revising lol) process. They're essential!

  5. I think layering is a necessary evil in writing. It's like security blankets for the reader. I think The Avengers movie did a great job of layering. I find that with each draft, I layer on a little bit more, hopefully, making my story and nice comfy read.

    Congratulations on the positive feedback. Outside the blogposphere, positive feedback is a rare bird to catch.

  6. Congrats on the positive returns. I learning to worry less when someone is taking a long time to get back to me because I usually find it's more about their schedule than my manuscript. I know I add layers at different times, but I don't usually think about it in those terms.

  7. Good question Heather.

    I usually think of it as fleshing out. Bringing more to the scene, character, or situation. I guess "layering" is that. Feeling the prose wrap around you like a warm blanket on a cold night.

    Have a great weekend.

  8. i like to think of layers like donkey, sweet sections of cake with yummy fristing in between =)

  9. Alex – That was completely awesome. Thanks so much! I guess I just never thought of it as layers before.

    Clarissa – I need to figure out what the word ‘layers’ means to me! Thanks.

    Carol – That terminology was helpful. Thank you!

    Tara – Really great info. Thank you!

    Jenn - Thanks. I’m glad I brought this topic up today!

    Michael – It’s probably exactly that, their schedule not mine. I think that’s what I’m having trouble with. The word.

    Michael – Ha! Well said, sir.

    Tara – I love fristing and frooooosting! -- he he he – and PARFAITS!!!

    Thanks everyone! HMG

  10. I include layers when I write, but the thing is I don't see them until I'm re-reading for my first round of revisions. I'll see what I have done and go..."huh...that's so cool that I did that". But I don't plan it or realize it when I'm laying down the initial track. The same might be true for you as well. :)

  11. I don't think of layers until later either. I just see the basic storyline as I'm writing.

  12. Layering opens the doors for internal conflict, which opens the door for external conflict. I love developing individual and group dynamics, then throwing a wrench into the mechanic and watching the sparks fly.

  13. Hi Heather,
    First of all, a delight to come and visit you. I personally never really think about 'layers' as such with any of my rather varied and dare I say, disjointed musings. I just go with the flow, without pressure and see what happens.
    I wish you the very best in your ongoing writing endeavours and may your dream become a wondrous reality.
    And the Alex J. interviewing Stormy was absolutely wonderful. You really must get in touch with 'Better Gnomes and Gardens'! :)
    Enchanting, magical wishes, your way and thank you so much for linking in and commenting on one of my postings.

  14. I think layering helps deeper the story - I try to build them into my stories for both my characters and the plot.

  15. DL - You could be right. I do love going back to read parts of the story and saying, That's cool, I don't remember writing that!

    L. Diane - I'm glad to hear that except that we both have to go back and write layers! Thank you!

    Stephen - I wish I would think about my story in those terms. I don't even know what the story will be about until I start to write it.

    klahanie - Thank you for such nice comments. I write more in your style. Wherever the words take me. Thanks for coming!

    tfwalsh - I guess my characters could use a little more depth!

    Thanks for the help and advice everyone!

  16. First drafts are mostly for the basic stuff. But during multiple revisions, pile on the detail & history in rich, but thin layers. Think of this way: you learn about your friends over time, not all at once. Characters & story lines work much the same way.

  17. Nancy - Great example. Thank you! I could use all the help I can get.


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