Posts Tagged ‘Fiction’

So Day 1 went better than expected. I worked all day in my day job, then went to see a comedian in the evening. I got home at 11pm and was determined that I would at least make a start on my novel. But how do I begin? What will be my first line? So I switched on my laptop ( I figured that with pen and paper it would have to be typed up eventually anyway) and started. I was tired but just needed to get something…anything written down. And it flowed quite easy. Yeah sure… there will need to be a lot of editing done (I use the word ‘she’ far too often) but at least the story is developing and moving forward.

At first I didn’t quite like the idea of not editing as you go along, but it’s quite liberating. I know my sentences need tweaking and even re-written for some, but I have words…written down… with a story forming.

I only wrote 703 words on Day 1 but was pleased with the outcome. I have a general 15-20 point plot for the whole novel, so each new sentence is exciting to me. I feel like I am reading it for the first time as I write… I have no idea what will happen next… it’s fab!

Anyway I’m in the middle of writing for Day 2… so back to it….

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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…

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…