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So I only have a few weeks to go before it officially starts! eeeek! I haven’t had time to develop my characters as much as I would have hoped. I work full time and run my own part time business…throw in housework and eating/sleeping etc and I’m running on minus hours as it is. I have promised myself though that I will spend 30-60 minutes a day on this during November… even if it’s just before bed. Some is better than none right? Maybe I get so engrossed in it that I make more time for it…Have you ever noticed that you can actually make time for things if you really want to? Like I’ll do the housework faster, or get up earlier, or just not do all the procrastinating jobs I feel that need doing.

So basically I’m not totally prepared as I had planned to be… but maybe that’s not a bad thing. Maybe by not planning too much my creative juices could flow better? Now I’m just trying to justify and make myself feel better about not having prepared as much.

Anyway. Back to my day job…

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So which is the best way to write your story/novel? Good old fashioned paper and pen or typed straight onto the laptop? Everyone will have a favourite but there are pros and cons to both. 

I started scribbling plot ideas on paper originally, as my laptop wasn’t handy. But then I typed it up and threw the paper away as I planned to continue on the laptop. I’m a fairly speedy typer so it wouldn’t necessarily slow me down. I can save, edit, move paragraphs around and change fonts and size etc…which is all great but I do find that as I don’t carry my laptop around with me everywhere, I can’t just pick up where I left off.  For example at the moment I’m working out my characters traits so they’re consistent throughout, however with the info on the laptop at home and me at work it makes it difficult. Yeah sure I could write them down and type them up when I get home but I may just want to tweak a word or idea rather than add new ideas. 

Maybe I should use both, carry around a notebook for random ideas but then with some work saved on the laptop it’s not all in one place. At the start of this post I wanted to end up by saying I’m using the laptop mainly, with a bit of paper use, but now I think I’ve talked myself out of the laptop. 

Hmmm…. Yes I’ll give my notebook a go for awhile and see how it goes.

Character development… what exactly is it? I’ve never really tried to pin it down, but I do know, that I enjoy a book more if the characters develop as the story progresses. What I mean, is that they grow as a person, learn about themselves, their strengths and desires. It doesn’t have to be essential to the plot either. So for example, a character who ends up on a spaceship having to figure out how to save the world from the evil aliens, can develop by going from ‘the person in gym class who was always picked last’ to ‘the person everyone looks towards for guidance and eventually becomes the leader of the group’. That is to say, that the character finds strength to believe in what they think the best options are and speaks up, as opposed to just accepting that because they had no friends, they were picked last in gym class, even though they were better in goal than bully billy. The character developed as a person. I think it makes it more believable and pulls the reader in. Having a strong leader type person who was strong and confident from the beginning wouldn’t have as much impact…. unless they developed in other ways… perhaps tried to be less condescending, became someone who would except help etc.

So I know how I want my main character to develop throughout, but as it’s not tied into particular sections of the plot, it’s hard to work out when and where it’ll happen. It’s a gradual development so I think I’ll make a list of how she develops from start to finish and perhaps tick them off as it appears in the novel.

Or maybe I’m thinking too much about it and should just hope she develops naturally…

Well I’ve made a start on the basic plot. It starts with:

  1. Main character normal day. Day off. Therapeutic shopping.
  2. Weird things happening in town. HIDDEN FROM BLOG. More fights than usual. Police everywhere. Millitary spotted.
  3. HIDDEN FROM BLOG
  4. Tv news explaining HIDDEN FROM BLOG crowds watching news in tv shop window
  5. Can’t get home. Road blocks. Chaos. HIDDEN FROM BLOG. Fights. Fires. Looting. Screams. HIDDEN FROM BLOG
  6. HIDDEN FROM BLOG

I’ve hidden bits from the blog as I obviously don’t want to tell the story here but you get the gist. I’ve got to point 23 so far. I know that the above is probably the basic beginning to an apocalypse story, but I want to set the scene of HIDDEN FROM BLOG quite quickly so this will probably all be in first chapter.

When I have finished plotting the whole novel like this, I’m going back to flesh it out some more so each point could be padded out to… say 10 points.

I have decided that I do want to decide on the character’s personalities etc before writing… so their character is consistent all of the way through.

Anyway… just a short post, as I need to get plotting some more…