Petite Post VIII: Love of Mischief

Last night I chatted with a writing friend. It was fun. One of my thoughts was writing stories that tested a hero/main character’s patience against michevious events. I, the writer, am essentially trolling my MC.

To me, the goofier the story, the better it is for me. Part of my goal is to share some humor, since some days are meh, and I want to feel happy in my escapism. I live for mischief in my fiction.

So, I need to focus on this aspect, at least to complete a new projects. See if it works, doesnt work, or something can be pulled from that.

Happy creative endeavors. .

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Staying In Character

The other day I was thinking of how some character roles always feel like the “fun” role in the story. I was mainly thinking of the Wizard of Oz, and how the wicked witch really did all the work in this story.  All Dorothy did was walk around with strangers.

Needless to say the witch was fun cause she had the best lines, tried to do what she wanted, and when it didn’t work the first time, she tried again. While Dorothy did have a problem, and wanted to get home, that witch was determined to have the ruby slippers.

She kinda falls into what i thought Darth Vader and Maleficent fell into, which is being the hidden/secret hero of the story. After all it seems they have a lot riding on outcomes, and push the story forward more (in my opinion) that the main characters do.  They also have the most dynamic/dramatic moments on screen.

I can mention a few other movies, and the antagonist always appears to be the one with the strongest desire/pain in a story.  Think of how in Crimson peak how Edith’s sister-in-law, Lucille, temperament, and coldness is strong.  Thomas is ridiculously passive, and Edith is interesting, but Lucille really turns the screws in this story.

One could almost tell Crimson Peak from Lucille’s POV. Clearly thwarting her had repercussions that lead to tragedies.

This has me thinking of looking at characters and observing the differences and strengths of all of them, and could a character with less evil intentions, but burning desires can take the lead role in a story without being overshadowed by their antagonist.

At least my focus is on creativity. Better than any day where I feel blah, and don’t write much of anything.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

The Old New Script

Recently I reviewed my script I wrote for a fantasy TV show. Now that I have some lessons under my belt on writing better, I decided to look at the main character  (MC) and see what I thought.

The MC: the new, resourceful and cocky lawman in town who aims stop supernatural crimes, and not take anyone’s BS.

This is an ensemble story, he really shapes the pilot and how we see the world.

The second MC: Talented, aristocratic snot whose family pays a steep price for his escapades, and he must now stay obedient in order to prevent them from even more hostility.

Third MC: Insufferable, unorthodox  know-it-all who loves his secrets, and his authority unquestioned.

The fourth MC: Confident, bold, and witty librarian who would rather spend time out in the field rather than with old books.

I had other characters that appear, but I wanted the identify the “primary” four who I could describe into a sentence or two.

I did have one antagonist.  I was trying to figure out how to described him.

Antagonist 1: Brilliant chemist with a sadistic streak, and great contempt for the wealthy.

This is what I’m revising. Happy to look at it again, and at least get a handhold on the characters.

More Character Development

Hurricane Irma really put some worry in the past few days, and it also gave me time to contemplate where I’m going at with my idea.  I thought a lot about the genre (science-fiction) and how this impacted the world I created.  I thought of some antagonists for the hero outside of his family and friends.

As always, I want to keep them down to two sentences, and haven’t named them.  I’m keeping them to four at the moment, as it will be easy to manage in my head, and on paper.  for abbreviation they are A 1- 4

A #1 is a spiritual leader who is looking to get Mom in her flock and, thus have influence over Mom and second son.  Cannot strike the ideal balance between controlling ways and spiritual guidance.

A #2: Is a businessman who loves to win, dominate, and destroy any competition that dares reveal itself to him. Cannot rest while Second Son holds more power, respect, and influence than him and he has no way to unseat the Second Son.

A #3 is a politician who has a city that is suffering in resources, and has made the decision to do whatever it takes to have what his city needs to survive.

A #4: Is a resourceful journalist who wants to know everything for her stories on powerful people. She’s know for her unflinching focus on the truth, decisive and candid questions, and her tenacity.

My goal is to see how these characters play out in the series.  I hope to have more thoughts on them, as I flesh them out over time. Also I realize them being antagonists doesn’t mean they are 100% evil. They have conflict with the MC.

Happy creative endeavors.

 

 

Chaos Party

So now that I have my characters, I have been brainstorming episode ideas that I hope will help me expand  into more ideas. I said I wanted ten, but pushing for twenty. My notebook is filled with ideas.  For grins and giggles, I’m posting five of them below.

I want to name the characters, but the generic names kinda helped me not get too attached in an odd sort of way.

These are really raw ideas, and I need to ask more direct/specific questions of the ideas in order to find some tangible answers to the problems.

  • Second Son (MC) has meetings with future self. If this an elaborate deception, hallucination, or does future self have hidden agenda?
  • Mom is having relationship with ex-husband, and MC’s ex-friend.  She loves neither of them, and goes to great lengths to keep this info from both of her sons, and both of her partners from discovering they aren’t her one and only. She is also plagued with managing a staff that she’s distracted from keeping in line.
  • Mom is worried about MC’s stability as people make demands of his time and efforts, so she takes control of his appointments, and people are forced to deal with her.
  • Ex-GF shows up, and she won’t be denied the opportunity to see MC. Even thought she made a mess of their relationship, she feels attached to him, and hates that she can’t break things off completely.  MC has great disdain for her and Ex-Friend, and doesn’t want a thing to do with her, but is stuck in her orbit.
  • MC has a meeting with important political, religious, and social groups that are hell-bent on him catering to their desires, however, he has to figure out how to resolve all demands on his terms, or face being under people’s thumbs.

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.

Tigress in a Business Suit

 

That’s how I describe my character from a simple idea in yesterday’s post.  She came from a joke I made about a mom who sabotages her son. It was a raw idea that marinated overnight.

I figured mom is angry at her husband- who abandoned her after she had their second child, and this son looks exactly like him.  She took out her frustrations on him– Inadvertently or not.

Later in life she thinks she loses him, and then feels guilty that she truly messed up his life, and hers. If she got a second chance, she would be a better person and a mother. She gets her chance, and she does as promised.

I like this character more and more. She fits nicely into a story I wrote down and created a mom, but had no clue who she was and what she wanted/needed.  She’s only one character, so I have a lot of work to do, For the record there are two siblings, and the dad in the story.  Perhaps they will become clearer to me.

That, and I need more off hand jokes to marinate on.  LOL

As always, happy creative endeavors.