Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Starting OVER

Starting over is never easy. My original blog was eaten by cyber space. But I will look on the bright side and look for fresh ideas and ways to make this one better. I remain miffed that kicked my site to the curb and offered no support. But hey…are those flowers?

Do I Need a Bad Guy?

So I have these three characters, and they are all significant. A hero, a heroine    and an antagonist. As I move along in my writing, I find that I’m developing a big  crush on my antagonist. Now we can analyze till the cows come home what this  says about my psychological balance – or imbalance – but what does it mean for  my story?

Can everybody in the story have a happy ending? Is that just a little to warm and  fuzzy? I don’t want this guy to crash and burn. In fact I want him to get lucky. I  might even pull a switcheroo and hook him up with the heroine for a quick fling.

I know – my story, and if it is well written then no harm no fowl. I’m trying to  think of the last book I read where everybody takes the high road. Even Dickens  had Uriah Heep to dump on in the end.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Depth of Voice

Huh? What exactly does that mean? Funny, but I can only come up with what it doesn’t mean.

It’s not making every one in the story a baritone.

It’s not blathering on and on with backstory. You may achieve depth of story – but that is a tightrope of another kind.

It’s not opening the lid on your characters head and sharing every stinking synapse that fires. I’ve gone down that road and ended with a chapter of giant yawns.

So…? I’ve gone to my humble library shelf of “you can write a novel!” references. No glossary definition. Is this like snapping a picture of sunbeams after a rainbow? If it happens, it’s beautiful. But you’re as surprised as anyone when it does.

Is it like a runner’s high? You’ve heard other people get them, but for you, it remains a myth. 

Here’s a shot. Depth of voice means getting into your characters head to reveal pertinent observations about the current setting/situation. It’s controlled wading into murky waters. Watch your step cuz you can’t see the bottom, but step carefully and your toes will gather enough data to keep you going.

Yes, it’s sunbeams after a rainbow. I know when I’ve captured a rich, creative, dynamic snapshot. The scene pops. But I also know when I’ve captured a surficial image of a pretty landscape. Nice, but not on fire. Now if can only figure out the literary “camera settings” to capture the first one every time.