A Gift

Mar. 21st, 2015 07:14 am
jennygordon: (Froud - Green Woman)
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*Disclaimer: The gift mentioned in the title isn't one I'm about to offer you — sorry.*

And before I tell you what the gift actually is, I should explain that I'm cheating — sorry again — as I'm writing this yesterday and scheduling the post for Saturday as I don't want to double-post on Friday. (Confused? Great. Job done).


So anyway, the gift. I mentioned earlier this week that I've realised I need to write a couple of new chapters/scenes before I hit the events of my mid-point, including another interaction (or two) between a couple of key characters. I've been pondering the shape of these scenes over the past few days, waiting for them to grow in my imagination, and on Thursday night as I lay in bed, they not only grew, they blossomed like the hawthorn blossoming at the end of my road.

Not only that, it turns out the gift is like a pass-the-parcel kind of gift (not the kind where none of the outer layers contain anything other than more layers; the kind that nice parents make where there's a little gift within each layer). See, these scenes emerged from the mist of my imagination with some really quite nice character development in them; particularly of the significant secondary character I was going on about a while back who I wasn't happy with. Turns out he likes drawing — who knew? No-one apparently until last night.

'So?' I hear you say, 'He likes drawing. What's the big deal?'

I suspect it's a far bigger deal than even I realised. The more I think about it, the more I can see that it's a pivotal aspect of his character, and of his character arc.

In conclusion and summary, turns out my brain-parts are continuing to work very nicely, thank you.

All I have to do now is write the scenes.

Date: 2015-03-21 02:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] authorwithin.livejournal.com
That's wonderful!!! Congrats!! Best of luck as you write it all out. 😊

Date: 2015-03-23 10:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennygordon.livejournal.com
Thanks honey. One step at a time. Hope you're doing okay?

Date: 2015-03-22 06:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edgyauthor.livejournal.com
Wow, congrats! Glad these chapters have been falling into place for you, and in such a fleshed-out way, too. Also, I can't help but love the fact that one of your characters enjoys drawing...but you're likely not surprised by that. :)

Good luck writing!

Date: 2015-03-23 10:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennygordon.livejournal.com

And thanks. Yes, it's wonderful when things drop into place like this.

Date: 2015-03-22 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readthisandweep.livejournal.com
Like it! A secondary character with attitude. Hmm, I'd keep an eye on him! ;) But seriously, it sounds important & I know that feeling.

And it reminds me (a bit of a tangent but I know you'll get it) of Nicola Morgan's insistence that main characters in particular, as we 'grow' them, need a 'Crucial Thing Number Two.'

We know they are a musician, a train driver, a taxidermist etc., but there needs to be another element to them that marks them. Nothing out of the ordinary - just a little something, such as the musician collects brightly coloured ties or the taxidermist enjoys embroidery.

We paint our secondary characters with smaller brush strokes than our major ones (or, in the case of yours, pencil strokes) but they all have a function. And they're all worthy of our undivided attention.

May your Muse be with you!

Date: 2015-03-23 10:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennygordon.livejournal.com
Yes absolutely. All our characters need to feel real, regardless of the size of their role. Otherwise, it's cardboard-land.

(I have an image in my head of those cut-out-and-dress dolls - you know the ones where the clothes have little tabs on to hook around the cardboard figure ...)

Love the embroidering taxidermist, btw. There's something deliciously perverse about it - or is that just me ...?

Date: 2015-03-23 01:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readthisandweep.livejournal.com
Just you... ;)


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