New Novel, New Method
Tomorrow is day ten of my Winter Writing Project and I’ve written naught but a clip of dialogue that has no relevance to the plot. On the bright side, I’ve also given Evalise a pet. A frabbit named Indigo. If you don’t know what a frabbit is, you should follow me on Twitter.
Tomorrow is also the first day of the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood’s Winter Writing Festival. If you already know about it, skip this paragraph. The Festival continues to the end of February. You pick set daily goal(s) and get a point if you meet at least one of them. If you finish February with all 50 points, you win.
To join my Winter Writing Project, comment or email me to let me know. To join the Festival, register on their official website.
I’ve not been completely writing-useless, however. I’ve realized one thing my character’s lack: Roles. I’ve never given much thought to the purpose of each of my minor characters. I never put much thought into what their goals should be. (Article that helped me realize this: Character Roles – The Script Lab)
Yet if I stop now to correct this, I’ll delay my writing and won’t be ready for in March. So I’m going to assign roles to all of my characters and write a scene showing the character in said role. If a character plays multiple roles, I’ll write multiple scenes to show this.
I thought so.
This will result in a lot of plot hopping, but I’ve my lovely blueprint to help me through this. The scenes I write will (theoretically) enforce what I already know. The plot may even change for the better once I get a handle on the individual roles of my numerous characters.
Predicted benefits of assigning character roles:
- Identifying important minor characters
- Strengthening those important minors
- Eliminating the weak and useless ones
- Adding complexity to the plot, both main and sub
- Using changing roles to help define characters
- More compelling, character-driven first draft
Out of curiosity, who else is participating in the RSSWWF? What daily goal(s) are you aiming for? If you’re not participating, why not?
Posted on January 10, 2011, in Ishy Writes! and tagged Fiction, Ishy Writes!, NaNoEdMo, NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, Ruby Slippered Sisterhood, Winter Writing Festival, Winter Writing Project. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.