Details, Plot, Characters Oh My (And A Schedule)


            Hey guys.  A little update is in order.   My personal life took a very strange turn, but it’s not a big deal. (I may explain in my autobiography but I’m uncertain).  I’d like to share with you my writing process, stunted as it is.


I plan to, as soon as I wake up (aka when I post this I’m going to pass out) start work on Chapter 5 of Christabel Mordsa.  There’s a story arc here, which is deeply embedded in my mind, but then again, Christabel may not want to take the path I think she should.  When the novel is done, I’ll explain what makes this different from my other novels, because believe me, Christabel Mordsa is unlike anything I’ve written.


            With the changes in my personal life, expect a chapter every Friday night.  I’m actually going to have time for the first time in months to write.  More on that later in my autobiography.


            When dealing with character arcs you need to have strong characters.  I know I know, this sounds like “Uh, Damien duh!” but its true.  Christabel is a work in progress, and I’m letting the character dictate the story.  Did I know the twists and turns when I wrote Chapter 1? No idea!  It’s good to have a ARC, but not A PLAN.


With this in mind, lets break down what I’m advising.  First, the word Arc


Arc – What a character goes through


Plan – What YOU, the writer of the character, WANT the character to go through!


This is a very vital difference for you to comprehend.  Have you ever written yourself in a corner and went “Gotta redo this, this sucks!”


That’s a plan that didn’t fit the story.  In other words, you’re in the character’s world, not the one you create for the character.  Yes you created it, but your characters (in any form of fiction) need to be believable, relatable, and REAL.


Yes you heard me right, REAL.  I went through only two drafts of Chapter 1 of Christabel Mordsa but you may go through five or six.  If you don’t believe your character lives, rewrite the whole thing.  Yes, you heard me, delete the whole thing and start from scratch.  Does it suck? Yes! I hated rewriting Chapter 4 for the 20th draft, but anything else wouldn’t have, felt like Christabel to me.


Chapter length is not important, word choice and idea is.


What this means is, if you have a 900 word chapter, you do.  Just make sure it makes sense.  You’re not attempting to recite Webster’s dictionary.


“She had fulgent beryl coiffure that absconded subjacent her astern.”  If you ever use this sentence I will find you and snap.  This is what I call a thesaurus freak.  They assume they need huge words to get details across.


The second English translation is: “She had bright blue hair that went down her back.”


Now, I like to play a game with my words. It’s called “Write only what you see.”


If you see blue hair, say she has blue hair.  I know this sounds hysterical but, I’ve read entire books where there are pages upon pages trying to tell you what the clouds looked like, and as writers, we have a tendency to overanalyze, and over detail.  For example, if you read Chapter 4 of my novel, I don’t care what exact blue color van one of my characters has, she has a bright blue van.


Let the reader add details.  Don’t leave out vital plot points, like who the bad guy is; (dreaded semicolon!) unless you’ve done a wonderful job detailing things it won’t work.  I’m pretty sure though, we’ve all been in a truck.  Now if you’re creating a fantasy world where we’re teleporting via holes in the floor ala Mario Brothers, that might need a bit of explaining, but I’m assuming you’re dealing with an actual place, and not some world you created.


  I guess what I’m trying to say is, HAVE FUN WRITING THE STORY!  If it’s not fun for you, you need to revise it and make it fun to write.  I hate giving advice but I hope this helps.


Until next time folks.

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