plotting

Random Monday Survey (aka I’m Freaking Out and Need Your Support)

on September 19, 2011

I’m a plotter, for the most part, and have passed the half-way point in my WIP. I previously had one version of my black moment planned, then realized it needed upgraded as it was more a milky shade of gray. I want BLACK.

 

So I came up with a new plan. And it’s black. Like buried in the coal mine, lanterns are gone, canary is dead black. But now I’m wondering if it’s too black. Because I plot to my target destination, I need to lock this in now or the revision stage on this MS is going to be scary tough.

 

So here’s a hypothetical question.

 

If the heroine is engaged to the hero’s brother, but the hero and heroine end up in bed together, would you throw the book against the wall?

 

For obvious reason, I can’t give much in the way of details. My first reaction to this, having real life experience with infidelity, is to scream OH HELL YES! Not good considering I’m the person who came up with the idea and has to execute it.

 

I’m a firm believer in the idea anything can be done in a story, provided the writer does it well enough. Great philosophy when applied to others. Harder to stand behind knowing I’m the writer in question.

 

So I’m asking this of your reader mind, and not your writer mind. What would the circumstances have to be for you to go along with this in a book? Said encounter would not happen until nearly the end. No sex up to that point. Not a flippant affair or ongoing “I wish I could quit you” kind of thing.

 

If I’m writing a wall-banger, I’d like to know now so I can attempt to re-route this trip.

The Voices in my Head

on June 19, 2007

I’m somewhat new to this writing thing. And in case you don’t know, since I’ve never technically mentioned it in here yet, I’m writing a romance novel. Attempting to anyway. So, I’m new to this but I hear (read: read online about) many writers who have these ever present voices in their heads. They are the voices of their characters and they tell them what they want to do, who they want to do it with and where they want to do these things. Sometimes they talk incessantly and sometimes they shut up and getting any information out of them is like pulling teeth.

But I didn’t have any voices in my head when I started writing which is why I never said I’m a writer. The voices are here now. And they won’t shut up. I spent 7 ½ hours driving alone on Sunday but alas, I was not alone. The voices were there and damn it they were going to tell me the rest of their story. Whether I liked it or not. Turns out I did like it and I’m much better now that I know exactly where my story is going, how the scenes are going to happen and most off all how the black moment will happen as well as the resolution scene at the end. It’s much easier to do this when you know all of that ahead of time.

I read an email from one writer who said she hadn’t taken a shower alone since 2005. I thought that was hysterical. But I’m not sure I’m willing to have that many people in the shower with me. So far they have left me alone there. Mostly. And keeping them out of there is great motivation to get this thing done.

Now how about you? Do you have voices in your head? And are they the good kind of voices? Are they telling you to let them have sex already or are your voices the ones that tell you to smack that co-worker in the cubicle next to you. If your voices are the latter (and if they are getting louder) please stop reading and go take your Paxil. If you are the former, feel free to let your voices leave a comment here. It would give them something to do and maybe get you a few minutes of peace and quiet. *g*