My colleague Michelle Bellon has a release party Dec 7th! The book is Rogue Alliance. Go get it and enjoy it! Through Pandamoon Publishing.
Currently, the novel I’ve been working on has run into a bit of a snag. So, I started/continued another. I’ve got a screenplay I wrote that didn’t quite cut it as a screenplay (a whole different art form not suited to me) which I’m converting to a novel.
Interesting note here for all you authors out there. If you’re like me, starting a project is easy and fun. Slogging it out till the end is the difficult part. However, if you’re working several projects at once, you can switch tracks pretty effectively and keep things fresh and new with whatever you have.
Not much writing done today with all the eating, maybe tomorrow.
That’s sorta what I want to do but at the end I want character A to believe character B was right all along and vise versa
That’s something you can work with, but see? DRIVEN by characters and what they see, feel, believe etc.
Well my plot deals with two sides of the same coin so I have two characters I’m thinking about but I’m not sure how to mold them or even how to give them a purpose they are really (right now) there to illustrate two different ideals on the same subject
And I’m not even sure I ever want them to meet each other
One of my current projects involves two separate storylines in the same book. Both storylines barely touch each other at all, but both involve my principle character. Without the ability to believe in and care about the character, neither storyline works. You have to break it down to bare basics. My character needs to do this. What is in his way? Why is it in the way? How does he overcome it?
A story is about plot, generally, though delve deeper and you’ll find most stories are the same. A character’s journey from start to finish and the changes to him on the way. Readers care about what happens to characters.
That’s not entirely what I meant. Of course characters are important. But is it necessarily important for them to have a goal or obstacle? Or can they be along for the ride like the reader?
Characters drive your story. Readers want to be involved with your characters, not so much the story. Imagine a TV documentary. The plot is stale and the characters are non-existent. You watch the documentary because you’re interested in the subject (plot) yet you could never say the documentary is an exciting story. With characters, you inject so much more into your story. You could have a large array of characters that come and go, but it is really hard to pull off well.
Maybe you can direct me. I’ve had an idea for a book I’ve been chewing on for a while but I can’t figure out how to give my characters a goal. Right now they are just floating around in a giant plot that’s just growing and growing ugh…i just don’t know how to mold it and get control of it.
Your plot is nothing more than a roadmap. What do the characters need to accomplish and what is the obstacle? That’s the most basic way to draw your plot. Once you’re done with that, then start throwing ideas out and see what works within the plotline.
How do you tell a story where the characters aren’t necessarily important. Like in the movie crash? Don’t know if you’ve seen it but it’s a story about racism and follows a bunch of characters none of them have a goal really it just tells thier side of race story
Characters are ALWAYS the most important part of your story. Without believable, living characters, the plot information will be lost. A reader isn’t going to slog through tons of prose without a character to latch onto.