Wednesday, 28 October 2009
In a book I’ve been reading called ‘How to write a mi££ion’ , the writer Orson Scott Card gives some interesting points on creating characters. As he puts it, not all characters are created equal. It’s hard to measure the exact importance of a character— but there are three general levels of importance, and distinctions that can be useful.
1)Walk ons and Placeholders: Just background people meant to lend realism or perform a simple function and then disappear.
2) Minor Characters: these make a difference, but your reader shouldn’t become involved with them emotionally—either negatively or positively. The reader doesn’t expect them to keep showing up even though their desires and actions may add to the plotline, but play no role in shaping the ongoing flow to the story.
3) Major Players: These characters that the readers must care about—Love them, hate them, or fear them; your readers need to know what makes them tick. These characters are the driving force behind your story, so you, the writer must get to know all you can about them before your reader can fully understand them.
This is why it’s important to make sure you have a full rounded character before you even begin writing your novel as it is the only way to make sure they come alive on the page for your reader.
This weekend, my much beloved and I are off to Whitby for the Goth Festival. I shall post all my pictures when I get back.
Have a great weekend and get plenty of writing done too.
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
The lovely lady helps out at Saint Mary’s Church in Whitby, North Yorkshire. She smiled soft while recounting her tale. “You won’t believe this, but we had a couple who came in, and asked me where they could find the grave of Saint Dracula.”
Yes, you read that right!
Saint Dracula! I wonder just what miracle Dracula would have perform to have won his sainthood, but there again it makes you wonder just which book or film they had been watching to see him as saintly.
I do know the church has a sign up to say that Dracula isn’t buried in the grounds, but it does makes you wonder just who else these people would give a sainthood to, scary, don't you think so?
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
I can tell you all now that inspiration was kind enough to make a home visit and I'm busy putting together a new idea. My dear husband was busy on Ebay when he made a throw-a-way comment which sent me into a spin with notebook and pencil, and hopeful this may lead to a great book.
Sunday, 18 October 2009
There was me thinking I had this great idea for my next book so after working on it everyday for the last two weeks I've ground to a halt. This morning I found myself with a nagging doubt, which is now screaming at me.
After days of wandering with the faeries in a hobbit-type world, I've lost my way.
I'm now left with thousands of useless words and another new folder on my computer.
My problem is I'm not sure of what I should be writing, so I went on to Amazon website, and looked at the different categories of book genre.
1. Science fiction
9. Religion/ spirituality
There was many to choose from, so I thought if I made a list of what I enjoyed reading then maybe this would help me to come up with something, which could help me to rethink my idea from my second novel.
There are books I know I can’t write i.e. Science Fiction, Comedy, Historical, Religion, Thriller, and Romance.
Now I’m left with Crime, Mystery and Fantasy. Crime leaves me cold because there are so many crime writers. Fantasy isn’t easy to find an agent or publisher interested enough to want to publish a new writer. I know this for sure as my first novel came under this genre.
What scares me is the simple fact on the Amazon site it tells you there are 27 million books to choose from...!
27 million books!
How can I write something, which will stand out from that crowd? Which will make a reader want to choose my book over all the rest once it is in print?
But I’m ahead of myself as there is a hurdle to cross before worrying about when it is in print. What can I write which will make an agent or publisher sit up and take note of this new writer’s work.
I know I need to write something new, original, but fits in with one of the above categories, and that is the biggest hurdle of them all.
Oh well, it’s back to the drawing board for me...
Has anyone any idea what’s inspiration’s phone number is because I might just give him a call tonight.
Sunday, 11 October 2009
My mini synopsis is already roughing out the basic plotline and gives me a starting point and something to work with, while I’m researching the book.
I now have a list of Characters. On this document, I’m listing the main, minor, and peripheral characters as I’m creating them. Once I’m sure just who they are and how they fit into my story then I’ll create a more detailed sheet on each of them filling in their background information.
I’ve even got the beginning of my chapter-by-chapter breakdown with my six basic questions I need to answer whilst writing the book.
What is the theme of the book?
Where does it take place?
What is the time span?
How do the characters overcome the problems set out in the plot?
Who’s who in the story and have they earned the right to be there?
Why would your readers want to finish this book once they’ve picked it up?
I’ve also started to make a list of questions I need to find answers to before I even begin to write my story. I’ve nine already so there’s a lot of hard work in front of me, but I am already sure I’m on to a winner here.
Good luck with your writing,
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Saturday, 3 October 2009
Today, I went to see my Godmother. She lives quite a way from where I live, so twice a year I like to go down to see her and spend the day chatting rather than chatting hours on the phone. We have such fun putting the world to right and talking about happy and sad family moments.
Today, she gave me a photograph of my sisters and I when we were very young children, which I hadn't seen before. The faded black and white picture had my much beloved and I puzzled as we tried to work out which one was me as all looked very similar in our summer frocks and very fair hair.
My Fairy Godmother has followed my writing career very closely and I'm glad to say she hasn't been tempted to wave her magic wand to help me get published.
What she did say this time was she felt that I should stop working on my first novel and put it to one side after all the time I have been working on it.
"Why not start on something new? Your writing has improved immensely, and is much stronger so start on something fresh. You can always go back later on when you get an agent or publisher interested in your new work."
So what do you think?
I'm torn between all the years and hard work I've already put in to my novel, and the horrid thought of starting something new from scratch.
Oh, if you are wondering why I call her my fairy godmother, it's because as a small child I asked her, if it was true that she was my fairy godmother and she told me, "Yes, it was ;-)"