Monday, July 28, 2014

Obnoxiously Early

Sunday I was up at 6:30 which for me on the weekend is too early.  I slept from 3:00 am to 6:00 and would have liked more sleep but by 6:30 I knew it wasn't going to happen.  The good thing about being up that early - I got a lot of writing things done. 

I finished another step in pre-production for another poetry book.  I redid the cover for Secret Past and uploaded it to all the places as well as several other items on my to do list.  I worked on production of Moments in Spirit and failed miserably at making it through the process.  It is available electronically through Smashwords but there are issues (background not with the text) and I need to spend more time on it. 

After a couple of hours fussing with the file trying to figure out what wasn't working and not getting it to work, I gave up and hit my recliner.  I worked on the story I've been working on for a week.  I decided to show more of the antagonist in this story.  There are flashes of her throughout the story but I actually took the time to write up a synopsis of her. 

Normally I don't do this as I like my character so just develop.  However, with her it will have to be more subtle.  I won't be telling her story per se but overlapping her story with the protagonists.  This means I have to work harder to show who she is. 

Writing the synopsis and little scenes for her.  It helps me to keep her darker.  I haven't written a lot of dark characters and it was kind of fun to tap into motivations that I don't normally explore.  With good characters it is all about protection, overcoming, and higher purpse type qualities.  With a bad character it is much more self -motivated - gathering power, me oriented desires, and revenge at any slights, real or otherwise.

I don't know that the little scenes for her will make it into the story. I think some of them will have to but they help me see how someone like her would work.  She's power hungry and she likes being that way.  I like that. 

I know there are at least eight major scenes left in this book.  I'm sure there will be others as I illustrate how the main characters live and adjust to their new life together.  I'm already at over 43,000 words and can't wait to move forward. 

I want to be careful not to let the details bog down the story.  No one wants to read lengthy descriptions on all the details in a life.  It gets tedious.  It will be a matter of finding the right balance between giving the details and keeping the adventure and action moving forward.  The more I think about it the more excited I get about it.  It will be fun to see it develop and expand into more than just some strange imagining in my head.

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