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a small breakthough!

3 Feb

In the past couple of days, I’ve found myself writing several pivotal scenes for the novel. One of the major plots in the novel has to do with a twist in Ryan Harper’s career. There’s lies and embezzlement, but nothing solid to go on, only Ryan’s sister Natalie’s instincts. Natalie goes to Ava with the concerns, and the business-like Ava sprinigs into action, getting help from her sister Lily’s record label head Rachael. It’s the conversation with Rachael that makes Ava see that instead of thinking of the situation as business, she should be thinking as a friend. Where has that line been since I started this!? Color me pleased, let me tell you!

I think that using the Get Your Words Out! community has been incredibly helpful again. A week or so ago, a moderator posted a prompt challenge type thing about writing a letter to or from a character to boost word counts. I took that challenge up and ended up not doing it as a letter, but more in a freewrite style. I used the idea to almost do journal entries by my characters. And what I learned is that Ava has her worries and stress, and Ryan is terrified to speak up. It made their stories pop out to me a bit more–something I can finally start plotting. I plan to do these for Lily and Nathan too, even though I already know Nathan’s story. Lily is going to be harder, but I think this prompt thing will help me figure out what the heck she is doing in this novel.

The creativity for this single project is finally start to creep back. I think I am settling into a small groove on who the characters are, and what they have to contribute to the plotline. Of course, I have to tie said plot all together, and to be honest, I’m not sure how that is going to happen, but it will!

I’m starting to wonder if maybe I need to learn (or really, to take the time to…) to outline. I hated it as a kid in school, but I wonder if it might help me pull my plot together. Huh. Sounds like a Google search for writing outlines is in order.

plugging away!

6 Jan

Now six days into GYWO ’10, and I’ve already written 1600 words or so. Woohoo. Started a character sketch for Ava last night, and while it went well, I discovered I so need a big fill in chart of character traits. It makes things so much easier than freestyling it. Haha. I figure if I can fill the entire thing out, then I will know I have a firm grasp on who my characters really are, so then I can write them properly. I am a big believer in knowing who my characters are, even if I may not start out that way. Eventually I get a grasp on their ways and behaviors and their voices.

I think characters are my favorite thing…has been since I was young. I can remember being in like, 4th grade, coming up with little stories and always making sure that my characters were set first. It’s fun for me, coming up with the character list and their names and their looks. I’m a big nerd and I search for photos that seem to fit the characters.  They rarely become just stock photos, but mostly some celebrity that at least fits the look of the character. For example, my lead character for In The Spotlight (the novel), Ava Bennett–she is “portrayed”, if you will, by Mandy Moore. Ryan Harper, another lead character, is portrayed by Chris Pine. And to be honest, I’ve switched people around too. Ryan originally reminded me of Dave Annable (from the tv show Brothers & Sisters), but something changed in my brain and he suddenly didn’t fit the bill.

But back to the character charts…I have a bookmarks folder full of writing links and in there, I have at least three different sites that have downloadable character trait charts.  So of course, I actually freakin’ downloaded one and vow to fill it out completely for my four main characters. And I am not going to skimp on it and give up on it. I figure maybe it’ll give me more fodder to intertwine their stories into a proper plot!

I never used to love writing challenges…now I do. Well, that’s not completely true either. Perhaps I mean original writing challenges. I did many fanfic challenges in the procedural tv drama department, but doing ti with original stories and characters is a whole other ball game! Eep.