Writing Wednesday

One of the biggest challenges with my newest novel was writing in first person. I knew that writing this detective novel from the point of view of the detective, and eventually her daughter, would give the most emotional view of the situation. That emotional investment is needed to get the reader interested in the story. Thus I did write this in first person, though it didn’t stop my brain from reverting to third person randomly, as shown in this lovely paragraph.

She missed the weather on Earth, the way that it affected everyone’s mood. How she could use it to her advantage when interviewing for an important piece of information. Not to mention the nature on Earth! If she was to go home right now she would hug a tree. If it wasn’t covered in moss and surrounded with bugs, she still had her standards.

This piece was one of the first I wrote. I find jumping into the character like that is great for setting the emotional level. You can tell that she doesn’t like where she is for multiple reasons, that she interviews people for important information, overall she likes nature, but not bugs or moss. It’s a quick way to get a good understanding of your main character, now if only it was in first person….

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The goat cleared it’s throat. James didn’t even think it was the goat, it sounded exactly like the elder from the village so he looked behind him instead expecting to see him.

“You two have done an excellent job taking care of the problem. I will now be able to restore the well to its proper position above.”

“How are you going to do that? You’re a goat.”

“That’s a small mishap, I’m actually a fairly powerful scientist from the future.”

“A what?”

“Scientist? Ah don’t worry about it. I’ll fix it all. Now if the two of you could be on your way, go canoodle in that cave section of yours.”

James face got red, “What now? we don’t canoodle.”

“Well that’s a shame.” The goat responded in the air of not caring a bit.

“Goodness that blush of yours,” Abigail commented which didn’t help James’ blush go down at all.

At least Abigail was understanding, “Let’s go,” she crossed the boards across the river and started up the rocks to the location that they left their torches.

As she got to the top she looked over to the goat, smiling and waving. Knowing that the wish that she had really made would be answered, little did everyone else know that it was a Wish for Love Well, a common product of the future accidently brought with the goat scientist into the past.

Old Prologue for an Even Older Story

Prologue

Rumble, rumble, rumble… BOOM! Crack.

That’s all I can remember. That and a feeling of dismay. The dread that life will be full of emptiness. The kind of emptiness that you get when you know everything is gone, your loved ones, your house, your pet your life. I know that everything that I feel should be there I just don’t want to believe that.

All sorts of questions are running through my head. Why did this happen to me? Are there others? What exactly happened? Was it supposed to happen? What is out there? Could it have been… no mankind stopped that from happening a long time ago.

It’s time to find out the answers to these questions. I need to open my eyes, it’s time for me to find the truth.

End of Prologue

Bad Food and Outlines

This Sunday I met with my writers group at Denny’s as per normal.

I was completely starving.  I don’t normally grab a full meal there, this time I did, and I think that it might have been the reason for my horrible stomach aches that night.  I tried to sleep through it but I just kept waking up every couple of hours.  The stomach still hurt and the sleep was not restful.

I tried to just keep drinking water and eating what I could, it took half of the day but it worked. Around 11 o’clock I fell asleep on the couch and didn’t wake up until now.  Feeling much more rested and with much less ache.

Before this whole tummy ache was the meeting, which was particularly helpful in my upcoming NNWM plot!  Everyone gave tons of suggestions for my novel.  At this point I think I have to pick what to not include!  I should also put together some character related documents.  Mainly because while I have about seven important people in my novel I don’t know much of anything about the rest of my cast.  I would like to have these seven people fleshed out and have seven less important characters fleshed out as well by the time I start writing in November.

An idea to have a theme for each day that I post has been rustling around in my head.  Something to the effect of: Goal Setting/Review Monday’s, Writing Wednesdays, and Final Thought Fridays.  Or maybe ‘Finally, a character! Fridays.’ I suspect I’ll try it out and see if it helps guide me to post more with higher quality.