Faleena Hopkins – Too Big To Fail…Not
I Know What It Means When I Say No Mas
Wait…wait…wait…the witch burning is off.. Sorry…you can all go home.
Faleena Hopkins quit, and will take down her Trade Mark of cocky.
And, as a writer, I really wanted to grieve for her, for she might have genuinely wanted to protect her stories. But all that stuff with Take Down Notices, acting totally snarky, branding her readers with insufficient discernment to figure out which books she’d written and those by other authors. Still, some of the writing greats have behaved dreadfully to other human beings. Papa Hemingway may have won a Nobel Prize in Literature, but he wasn’t ever going to win Best-Loved-Writer-By-Other-Writers.
Revising Characters – Yellow Brick Road Time
On A Tread-Mill
Picture The Wizard of Oz with Dorothy skipping along the swirl and singing with the Munchkins…
…until she gets to the edge of town.
And, like her, I’m at the edge of town, looking at that road leading off into the distance, over hill and dale. Only, I’m not skipping and singing. I’m trapped on a treadmill.
Revising Characters – Prologues And The First Chapter
No…No…No…They Are Not The Same Thing
I finally did it…
…start, that is.
I’ve revised my MC in the first four scenes…with thirty-six to go. And I’m averaging 250 new words per scene. At this rate I may reach 100,000. And, planning this story out, I wanted 12,000 words. Amazing.
Starting with a prologue.
Revising Characters – Zeroing in on The MC’s Core
Does The MC Think Like I Thought?
Do you remember when you bumped into your MC?
Michael Grimn and I met in my first serious WIP.
Up then, he will be considerably older, a man of middle years, rather than a college student in my current WIP.
Revising Characters – Ooops…I Had Her All Wrong
A Blinding Epiphany
Lightning struck last week with my most important non-MC character, Mera.
I had put her through a lot of bad things.
Things like her murdered father dying in her arms, fleeing through a city convulsed in riots with a guy she only just met, a kidnapping and escaped a fate worse than death by a last second rescue. After that, the MC tried to force her into a role in his grand plan…without asking. And…she’s struggling to keep her feelings to herself because she and the MC grew up in different religions.
Revising Characters – A Work In Progress
One Step At A Time
Before starting, I went through all forty scenes, and recorded whether each of my ten characters contributed to that scene. In all, I came up with 452 instances. And they ranged from three for my MC’s father, to forty for the MC.
So…though twenty-four days have expired, I’m not ready to guess how much longer I need.