My Precioussss

I don’t quite nuance that title as well as Gollum does in the Lord of the Rings films, but that was the aim.

As I continue to research, write, and learn, I noticed a lot of my characters are very much blank slates to a point that things happen to them, as opposed to them making things happen.  My characters can and should be active and not passive in their respective worlds.

That said, some of my characters are all inadvertently in melodramas (bad things happen to good people).  For example, in my novel, the MC (main character) is a dancer, but really doesn’t do much—other people cause the trouble. He just happens to be in nearby, and gets dumped on. No fighting back, and barely even a snappy line or insult.

The one time he was active is when he was placed in a situation where he had the option to run or fight. He chose to fight. I LOVED that scene. Totally my fault for the lack of an active role, though.

The MC was too precious to me to be active, OR to have true flaws to address and explore within the story. This is killing my stories from the inside. It plays a part in why I sometimes stall time after time on projects.

Let’s face it, I can procrastinate with the best of them—I’d clean my room before I spent the day writing (my personal flaw).

Ironically, the one melodrama story I worked on, has a very active character doing bad things while struggling to maintain the façade of an upstanding man of the town.  His actions cause problems as opposed to waiting, and he reacted to events. Dude has so many flaws, I was like this is good.  I have to know more (my nosy self).

Perhaps I should view my other stories as melodramas, and then I will dare to break them away from their precious, protected blank slate. I’d like to move forward in writing. A bother has to evolve creatively.

As always, happy creative endeavors, and don’t get stuck like I did.

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Research, Writing, Mayhem

Despite distracting myself with gaming, I have done some research, and then find myself realizing that the I ignored monarchy as a research subject in my fantasy series. While I have ideas, notes, and maps of who goes where, I REALLY need to do a baseline (minimal) starter search on mordancy and nobility.

In this sense I feel like Luke Skywaker in Empire Strikes Back; I haven’t completed my training, and that’s gonna get me wrecked.  In this case I won’t lose a hand, but I will lose the upper hand of getting info together for stories.

Why? Well at least one of the MCs in the story comes from a noble family, and other than knowing that tidbit, that’s all I know, and it would be nice to deepen the progression of the character and his background.

As per my own notes, the character’s family is paying for his mistakes. I would like to add some facts to my ideas, because I think the plight is universal, and fantasy does allow for a writer to bend rules, I am hoping that insight into actual nobility offers some new ideas and potential story lines.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

 

Researching

I looked up some articles for the novel. The reason was I really didn’t know too much about formal and fine arts dancing. This is an important component of the story, and I sort of treated it in it’s simplest terms. That’s not the perspective I want to keep as I progress.

That said, I also had time to think about the novel, and my creativity came to play. This lead to me researching one of my fave topics (Greek/Roman mythology) and found some details I can add to the story.

I still have a lot more research to do for the novel, and the pilot script(s) I’m working towards completing.  It feels like I’m strengthening the foundations of the respective projects. I need to keep reading more material as I feel this will greatly inform my character’s world and my stronger entry into the hero’s world.

At least that’s my dream. Will keep pushing to make the dream a reality.

Happy creative endeavors.

Not Too Busy…Yet

Clearly I’ve spent time creating wonderful title. Life happened.  In the meantime I took pen to paper to jot down a lot of notes for the story which included character notes, and story lines. I’ll post a few samples below to give you an idea of where I am in my thought process.

  • Does the MC fear disconnecting from people (or the world), and how does he reconnect?
  • How does MC’s business succeed or fail as story progresses?
  • Who stands in opposition of his business?
  • Who wants to invest, control, or partner with him?

I didn’t realize this until I wrote the notes down that two of the antagonist can have stronger ties.

I think the business person I created could be responsible for some, or if not the reason the MC is extraordinary, and demands that this ability is his property or a property of his company.

Since you can’t own a person in this country he’s going to try some underhanded and immoral actions.

The antagonist will use one of the politicians I created to stir up some mess, and conflate issues, and sty to manipulate laws and people to his point of view.  At the very least I can see this playing out over several episodes, and cements a couple more characters for the story.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

 

Sons of the Tigress

Yesterday I was so energized by working on the Mom character for the story, I put more thought into her sons.  So far, I have two children and an ex-husband to develop.  As per yesterday’s post, Mom is a tigress in a business suit. She thought she lost her second son, whom she mistreated, and if she had a second chance, she’d be a better mom to him.

So first son: He’s a rockstar on a beer budget.  My thought of the character was, really, that’s his best. That’s who he is though.  He is charismatic, and narcissistic.  Now that his brother’s returned, he’s more than a little bit peeved that the attention is not solely on him.

The second son is a man of many hats and consummate actor. He has to be. He’s gone from being a nobody to the most influential man in the world. This has placed him in an awkward position as he is used to being questioned/doubted, as well as dysfunctional.

He struggles heavily with people who are more than happy to drop their problems at his feet to solve to their satisfaction.

BONUS CHARACTER: Dad.  Can’t leave him out.  He abandoned his wife and kids after Mom gave birth to the second son.  He’s an enigmatic fine wine. He’s rich in flavor and strength, but he’s always out of reach for those who truly need them.

Dad’s a natural charmer, and can be attentive, considerate, and generous, when it suits him to be. When he cuts you off though, you feel it, and it is a cruel cut.

Now this gotta marinate on my brain some.  LOL

Happy creative endeavors.

Action Writer

I’ve noticed lately, the things I got caught up in, when I watch films is the action. So as I consider the fact besides liking bad characters (mainly the naughty ones are fun), elements of humor, parody, and satire. Friends suggested most of my stories contain elements of dark humor, sex, and mythology. They are all correct. What I also like is some action. Things need to happen. I get all caught up in action, mainly because that’s where the story’s led to. So this is me also looking at focusing on action as a genre to write a few stories withing.

That also means looking at adventure elements. Adventure is more of exploring the landscape, and seeing things-and happens to contain action. In films, and sometimes video games, the genres seem to go hand in hand, thus I see “action-adventure” as a descriptive for films. What does this mean for me? I’m possible delving into more fantastical and science-fiction worlds. Places that look different, or look exotic–if there is a such thing. That’s not to say this word doesn’t offer some things. I like the idea of exploring places, and discovering new things, boundaries, and pathways.

Needless to say, my brain is working overtime to contemplate the wonders of this genre. Also because I can tell you I watch a lot of action films for pleasure. They offer an escape from the real world for a brief time. Something to get excited and lost into for a short while.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

Get My Head Back In the Game

I really need to buckle down and get twenty pages of script done this upcoming weekend. Why? I need it done so that I can start to work on the next one. I feel positive about my ambitions for this project because it needs to be done.  I want to pass this one on.  Also looking to polish another screenplay I finished a while ago.  I know I can make the dialog more fresh and appealing, and work out some logical points I have in this other screenplay.  So this is ambitious weekend, and I hope to keep up the momentum.

Cooking as well.  In my crock pot is speckled butter beans.  Gonna keep this flavor real easy and southern. Using smoked pork neck bones, salt, peper, onions, a little olive oil, and a pat of butter.  Will let this slow cook until perfection.  Making the rice won’t take long, and that’s my dinner for today.  In hindsight maybe I could have put this meal on last night to wake to it this morning, but why force it.

Making an even simpler breakfast: penut butter sandwich.

Happy creative endeavors.