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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Day 31

Wednesday, October 13, 2010. . .A good plugging along, digging into hearts, pressing in, unveiling new thoughts to characters or they to me, watching them respond…and begin to make choices that – technically speaking – impact the plot.
For fun I diagramed the house where protagonist, husband, and daughter live. Correct, I had not done that yet. Tsk, tsk, out of my normal order. It was fun but also necessary for my mind’s eye because they all finally went home.
I learned something new today: It is too early in the story to write about a minor character’s life. It caused me to miss a significant juncture.
Sloppy, sloppy.
In this series I write from two sisters’ points of view; one is the main character, the other a minor one. Only one per chapter.
I like to write them in chronological order and in the order which the reader will read them. When one sister is doing such-and-such at such-and-such a location, what is the other sister up to?
However I realized today that I missed something by hanging out yesterday with Minor Sis while Major Sis was still taking intricate steps in the middle of a scenario.
Boo. I don’t like to do it, but I have done it and know it works better. I must leave an empty page and later insert the other character’s chapter.
Emails regarding the business side of writing were part of my day. Encouraging stuff. =)
Worked on blog and thanks to help a young mama friend, was able to figure out some of the techie side.
I have yet to mention the prayer that goes into my writing day. It’s such an integral part, kind of like breathing. Perhaps that’s why I do not say on every post that I first off I prayed for help, for words and sentences that will touch readers, whether in delight or questions or comfort or a different way of seeing.
DETAILS. . .Morning walk. Kept track of how many people responded to my “good morning.”  Thirteen.  =)  Voted; ballot by mail is great. Crossword puzzles; gave up on Sunday’s.

1 comment:

  1. I am amazed at how the characters speak to you. For some reason, I had always imagined authors devising, creating, and working out how their characters would be. So to listen to you describe the way in which the characters reveal themselves to you, as well, is absolutely fascinating . . . and mind-boggling at the same time.