Monthly Archive for: "September, 2016"
I aim for a largely PG13 effect in my characters, but I’m trying to get them to be a bit more gritty. Like ‘bugger a bunny’ or the occasional F word. I’m thinking occasional means that in a novel it would occur about every third chapter or six to eight times in the entire novel. That’s, I think, a good ratio.
But I’m open to opinions, and if you are suggestive, please say why. How often?
that’s the new devotion to outlines is boring and painful. The neurosis has to extend to characters, also. If you want to know why, I’ll do it at a later date or you can ask me: Why?
The new process includes a character outline that details things like background, motivation, what they value, how they speak and their favorite gestures. That’s one set of pages. The other set of pages is the short story that needs revision. And that’s the problem.
Boring and painful: I look at my character outline, firmly get them into my working thoughts, and start changing the story based on that. In about five minutes, I realize I’ve fallen back into my old habit of how to revise. I stop. I say shit. I go back to firmly indenting the character outline in my head and I go back to revising, only a few lines further down into this looong story. Repeat indefinitely.