No, that's not going to be the title for the story that's been played with in the process posts. It's a gambit I use -- these are the things in the story, these are the things that brought the idea to light. And now I'll give you an opening, from the character who will be … Continue reading Robbers, Roos & Roses
And it's cos Marina asked -- so blame her! Anyway, in case you wanted to read the whole gamut (approx 5k words) of posts (all written on the spur of the moment, off the cuff, so any errors are stuck there now), here they are in one post: An Idea It’s been on the backburner … Continue reading The Story Process Posts From Go to Whoa
[the rest of this discussion is in the earlier posts, starting here] Now that the kid is going to be the MC, let me explain why he's going to be the Main Character. Yes, I call them main characters, rather than any other label. Just habit, and stops any attempt at making them a Mary … Continue reading The Final (Almost) Starting Point
A day or so away from the planning of the story (see earlier posts for the whole process which started here), and I came up with the main thrust of the subtext. The Kid (still nameless, but that will change) wants Dee to sponsor him, he wants her to give him money. That's what he … Continue reading The Deepening of the Need
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May 25th is World Towel Day, a chance to celebrate the life and work of Douglas Adams. Some time ago I took up a challenge to write a letter to someone I admired, so it seems apt to pop it on my blog today.
On the face of it, this seems like a ridiculous letter. Primarily because you’re dead. But also because we’re both bloody-minded atheists, so if by some actual miracle you’re sitting on a cloud looking down at me writing this I hope you’ve had a strong word with whoever’s in charge up there, about the cliché if nothing else.
It’s funny how often the themes of God and belief occur in your books and I have to hold my hand up and confess that my current project is smack bang in that territory too (a couple of Greek sailors causing grief to Zeus and…
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This is a continuation of the past few posts (started here) and I did a bit of an intro back here, but it wasn't going to end up being those words, unless ... Yep, you guessed it. I have to make a decision. The first part of a story is the most critical spot except … Continue reading That First Page
Finally, the bit of info for the crooks pops up. If you don't know what I'm talking about, go back a few posts and follow the progression of the creation of a story. This one has crooks, and I've been a bit lax in giving them a background. Every character needs a background to make … Continue reading The Crooks
... in the world are we, specifically for this story (for the earlier parts of this process, start here), let's lay open the map. Readers like to know where they are, where this story is, so they can orient themselves. That doesn't mean explaining. Anytime the writer feels the need to explain makes the reader … Continue reading And as to Where
Okay, it might not be. The next step (the whole thing started here) could be the background for the baddies, but even if I leave that, there's this other thing that needs to happen. It's called the action family for the main character. As I have yet to decide which of the two characters is … Continue reading The Next Step?
Further to the process of finding the story from an idea (see here), I went on to think about the crooks and what they're doing in the story. I needed their reason for being there. It's not a simple thing, although it looks like it could be. They're crooks, after all, and the quick and … Continue reading Ah, How to Do That