Rolled out about 2:30 after a rough night babysitting an ulcer. Definitely no walk today.
Books 3 and 7 of the Wes Crowley saga came in from CreateSpace today. I order three or four copies of each major title I put out just to have a few on hand. Here are the covers of those two:
I got some pretty good writing done today, but not fully up to speed. Took a lot more time off to just sit than anything else. Still, advanced the novel. And I’m getting closer to the point where I’ll see the ending.
I did find out today that one of the lesser characters in the previous book is bigger than I first thought. And she’s bigger because she has a personal vendetta against Wes. That was kind’a interesting. Not sure yet why she has a vendetta, but I hope they’ll tell me in the next day or two. (grin)
So I did nothing today other than resting and writing, and all of the writing came in short bits here and there. It’ll be better tomorrow.
Topic of the Night: Writing Off Into the Dark, Part Two To Direct or Not to Direct
In yesterday’s post, I wrote that WOITD is writing without without allowing your conscious mind to “direct” every action of every character and every word that comes out of your characters’ mouths.
So that means you have a choice.
Most of us have been taught that we’re supposed to study and plot and do character studies and outlines and Control The Snot out of our characters. Wrong.
How would you like it if someone else were controlling everything you did, everything you said?
Well, your characters feel the same way.
In a good marriage or a good friendship, the parties run through life together. They simply enjoy each other’s company and are there for each other. And as you go through life you get little snapshots and opinions of each other. Later, perhaps in memoir or when talking with another person, you convey your memories of that time.
It’s the same in a story. Exactly the same. Exactly.
The brave writer doesn’t “direct” anything. The brave writer, like the brave friend or lover, runs through life with her characters, exploring and experiencing the same things they do AS THE CHARACTERS experience them. And the writer writes down what the characters say and do.
Notice: The writer doesn’t DIRECT the characters to say and do certain things. The writer merely observes, AS she’s running through the story with the characters, and writes down what they say and do.
If you do this, if you trust your subconscious and write off into the dark, your characters WILL surprise you, I promise.
Practically every day mine do or say things that I had no idea they were going to say or do. Many times, as I’m writing, I stop, sit back from the computer and laugh out loud. And when the characters take me completely by surprise, I know they’ll do the same for the reader.
By the way, there have been some GREAT posts over at http://deanwesleysmith.com over the past few days on the business of writing. I hope you’re following his blog.
Fiction words: 1805
Writing of The Battle of Tres Caballos (Book 8)
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Total fiction words for the year……………… 439687