Posts Tagged ‘Characters’

NaNoWriMo 2013 – Cardboard Characters

One of the things a writer can hardly avoid is characters. Almost all stories have at least one character, most have several. You have a story you want to tell, there are more characters in there than just the main character, so how do you keep the others interesting?

There are two kinds of characters. Viewpoint and (doh) non-Viewpoint. Which can be subdivided into sidekicks, supporting cast and extras.
The Viewpoint characters have their story told from their perception. The story enters their mind and the camera shows the story unfold through their eyes. Since George R.R. Martin‘s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series the multiple viewpoint books have risen in popularity, both by readers and writers. This is however an old construct that existed pre-Martin. Nexus (then called “ZaakX”) already had that structure, and many more books do.   [More...]

What’s in a name

Names are important. A name should tell you something about the bearer of that name. Traits, habits, personality, or wishes for that person: happiness, wisdom, joy. In some cultures, the giving of a name is one that takes a lot of time and deliberation. A child remains unnamed until he or she has reached a certain age and a suitable name can be chosen or acquired. In other cultures names are given at birth and at certain special moments in life, either adding to the first name or replacing them.

Here in the Western world we usually don’t give that much thought to a name. We have to give a newborn a name a soon as possible because all kinds of official parties want to register the new human and need to know its name. And most of all, need to make sure it keeps that name. If names were changeable, it would result in total chaos. Or so I’m told.   [More...]

Funky scene

I’ve written 3680 words yesterday and am half-way through chapter 19, the last chapter of Book 3. This first part of this chapter turned out different from what I had intended. Mutiny again. Ever so often my characters go their own way, ignoring my carefully plotted outlines. Half of the time I have no idea what’s going on, not until my treacherous fingers type it and I can read it on the screen.
This chapter is weird though. A bit like my brain on acid. Even though it never has been, as far as I know.
Very weird. But perhaps I’ll keep it, it works for me, I guess. We’ll see at the re-read/re-write later this year.   [More...]

Blast from the Past

It’s remarkable what a woozy mind can come up with when it’s night and it should have been asleep. Staying in bed unable to sleep is useless, so when that happens, I usually get up and do some computering. Lately, computering consists of ‘writing’ (or as in tonight’s case, outlining).

In the original ZaakX book, there was a wee little water sprite called Pwyll. Those who read that awful first draft know what it’s ultimate fate was. It was blasted into vapor by Cyrilla, at the end of the book. For no real reason, except that it had been foretold, loooooong time ago. Fact is, it was totally pointless, the whole sprite. So in rewriting the book into Nexus, I cut Pwyll out.
But just as with some other characters, it had a mind of its own and returned in the form of Paul.
Pauls character in ZaakX was ‘Ping Pong’. Now there’s a name to inspire fear and awe and such. He had a tiny chapter full of sillyness. But he was in a futile kind of way important for the plot, thin as it was. So, Paul became Ping Pong, and that was that.
Until tonight.   [More...]

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