I am a 53-year-old husband, father and semi-retired attorney. I have a lovely (inside and out) wife and four great children. Right after law school (during my 1st legal job), I began to write a manuscript about a young Native American tribal member who comes back after college to work for his tribe. I have simply enjoyed writing and the law provided the arena for me to keep working on my writing. In 2014, I had a stroke and lost most of the function on my left side and am in a wheelchair. Semi-retirement has allowed me to shift direction and go further into the writing. I respectfully introduce myself to each and every one of you. My gut tells me all of you make this work. For that I thank you.
A rich tapestry for narratives given above: legal thriller, Native Nation lawyer drama, Postmodern post-Western tribalism, recovery from a stroke, medical life complications overall. First incited at younger ages, other Hatrack writers returned to renewed writing passions later in life. Early adulthood and late adulthood phases excite writers more than middle adulthood, when everyday life demands preoccupy everyday life.
Two creative composition areas most hamper writers, regardless of age, matters of narrative point of view and dramatic structure mechanics and aesthetics. Non-prose writers encounter great challenges of translation to prose story craft methods, the greatest is narration reflected from within a narrative's internal milieu rather than narration related from an external narrator.
Dramatic structure organization reverses or varies emphasis direction from non-prose's preferred most emphases first, that is, most emphasis last, or an emphasis arc, actually. Graphed, prose's emphasis arc resembles the St. Louis arch.
Such a structure, though, oftentimes results in melodrama, in which plot pivot points' (or twists and turns) sole function is dramatic excitement elevation, and becomes And Story more than drama: And something happens at the start. And something happens in the middle. And something happens at the end. And all to little, if any, unified and meaningful ends. Television and motion picture culture are rife with And Story melodrama, and, of late, multi-serial novels, -ologies.
Welcome to Hatrack River's writer community. May you realize the whirlwind!
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Native American legends are a largely untapped source. Having a legal drama that somehow follows the tale of one of these would an interesting way of melding genres. Best of luck!
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