Category Archives: Concepts
Hey readers, sorry for the hiatus. I have been doing some world building and doing a lot of thinking on the themes and overall feel of the series.
What does this mean for what is already out there?
As far as plot everything will pretty much stay intact. Just some minor tweaking further down the road when I’m editing. I’m going to put a sort of timeline up a little later when I have ironed out the kinks. I would love to have questions and input on that. I want to fill any gaping holes I have so when I’m writing the stories they have a natural and purposeful progression.
Thanks for hanging in there!
It sure feels like there are hundreds of reasons not to write. If it’s not the business of the day, trying to coax your muse into getting out of bed; then it’s the small voice of failure always keeping you one keystroke (or pen stroke) away.
But, today I want to share with you my little demon on my back lately. That is working harder on the story than your characters are.
Here comes the infomercial:
- Are you up all night fighting with your plot and trying to get your characters to fit?
- How about pushing them down dark alleys or into awkward conversations?
Billy Mays here and I have a solution for you!
Just kidding, it’s not that easy XD.
I tend to work way too hard worrying about my plot that my characters get all gummed up and all of the sudden I don’t know where to go next. The only solution I’ve found for this (though I’m sure there’s several) is change the scenery:
- change characters
- change the setting
- change the conflict
Th really neat thing about this is that int he end you will have discovered your character even more so, and you have let them lead the way rather than forcing them into submission; and often times you will get actually usable content for your project. Don’t do what I do and get so hung up on the little, or big picture that you forget who your characters are.
Today I was thinking about my own scenes in my writing and I recalled this little gem that I need to put in to action more often.
When writing a scene, ask yourself how is this relevant?
If you can’t answer this then you probably shouldn’t have that scene to begin with. The scene should provide some level of relevant insight into character, plot, or setting. Here’s an example:
Cale kicked dirt into the fire snuffing it, and gazed out into the distance. With arms crossed he thought back to his childhood.
So let’s address a few things here, Cale kicked dirt into the fire; why? Was he leaving the camp sight, was someone watching for a campfire, was he frustrated?
Then, gazed out into the distance; is he fond of day dreaming, is he looking for something, or just enjoying the view?
And finally, With arms crossed he thought back to his childhood; so we have a little more to work with. Here he’s crossing his arms, still unsure if its frustration or the cold. How does he feel about his childhood. Obviously he’s not in a hurry so we can count out being hunted as a motive for snuffing the fire.
Closing Thoughts, does this whole scene provide us any useful information? Do we know anything more about Cale or his situation. Well we know he had a childhood and he has general fire safety understanding. This is an easy example to work with, it needs a lot of work and structure build around it to make it relevant. Then we get into a whole other question, do we care? We’ll leave that up for another time.
Thanks for reading!