My WIP’s Third Revision – Major Characters (5)

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My WIP’s Third Revision

Major Characters (5)

I continued revising my major characters with yet another posting.

12aI finished revising my Main Character.

Woooooooooooo hooooooooooooo.

Sixty scenes.  And, not just any scenes.  They were some of the most important in my story.

How am I doing?

I thought I would never get done with her.  But…I knew I had to do something with her, because I hated the Epiphany Scene.

I revisited my theme to make sure I was still good with it:  Once taken up, duty is a jealous lover, tolerating no competition for our attention or our souls.  And I was.

Then I had to figure out what she was going to learn.  And I went back to one of my earlier ideas, that she needed to trust the Colonists, and link her son’s destiny to them.  Somehow, in my writing, I had lost sight of that.  So, I reshaped her internalities to reflect that.  I need to read her arc over and make sure I got it.

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My WIP’s Third Revision – Major Characters (4)

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My WIP’s Third Revision

Major Characters (4)

I continued revising my major characters with another posting.

12aI’m revising my Main Character.

She’s the POV in 60 of my 96 scenes.

And I have such a loooooooong way to go.

How am I doing?

I struggled, for a little while, to find her voice.  I simply couldn’t hear her.  I was so disappointed, especially after I convinced Liam Neeson to read one of my character’s parts.  I panicked, and thoughts like, ‘What if I spent all this time on a story, building up my main character, and had no idea what she sounded like?’

What was I going to do?

I finally started with what I know about her.  She is a native in colonial society.  Even though she was taught their language by a priest, she learned to speak the way he did.  And, for one thing, he didn’t use contractions.  So, she doesn’t either.

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My WIP’s Third Revision – Major Characters (3)

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My WIP’s Third Revision

Major Characters (3)

I continued revising my major characters.

12aI continued revising my major characters, completing three of my four POV characters, which let me finish 36 of my 96 scenes.

So, how am I  doing it?

As I approached writing the POV characters, I tumbled into a concept I’d never heard of – psychic distance or narrative distance.  I have yet another topic I need to learn more about, but experimenting with it will need to wait until my next WIP…whenever that is.

But…what the heck is it?

It revolves around how much of the scene we describe from our POV character’s perspective.  So…what?

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My WIP’s Third Revision – Major Characters (2)

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My WIP’s Third Revision

Major Characters (2)

I revised the first of my major characters.

12aRevising major characters has been intense.

I find myself almost holding my breath at times.  And the butterflies swirl every time I think about what I’m doing.

So, how am I  doing it?

As I wrote in my earlier blog about important characters, I tried to plan them out, using the Ackerman / Puglisi Character Traits Thesauruses to find character traits, and emotions that go with them.

When I created my characters, I didn’t give a lot of thought to their emotions.  This time, I am paying far more attention.  I assign two emotions for a character in each scene, one from their positive traits, and one from their flaw.

I begin try to use the same two emotions through Part One.  After that, I look at their experience and whether their dominant emotions should change.  So far, all of them have.  And their changes don’t always match up with big changes in the story.  But they do match up with big changes in their experience.

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My WIP’s Third Revision – Major Characters (1)

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My WIP’s Third Revision

Major Characters (1)

I revised my minor characters.

12aMajor characters…the ones with arcs.

I have thirteen.

If this were a movie, these are the characters who are famous, are up and coming, or used to be someone.  I even wrote them with certain actors in mind.  But most of the actors are dead so, when Spielberg makes a movie, he will have to find his own.  Ha.

All together, my major characters make 238 appearances in 96 scenes.  The fewest appearances is eight.  My MC has the most, with 63.

When I started my WIP, I knew all of them existed.  Some of their roles got bigger, and others got smaller.  All of them are in my story for a reason.

So, how am I  doing it?

I mentioned Scrivener when I wrote about minor characters.  When I prepared for character revisions, I used the key word feature, tagging every scene my important characters were in.  I also put in a key word for each scene number.

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