What do you do for plot if you're a more character-driven writer? I come up with an idea - just an idea, of a character doing something, which features no conflict - and then flesh out my characters and then let them lead me along and hope that, somewhere along the way, the story shows itself. And then I write the story again with the plot, getting rid of the unnecessary bits, ironing out the creases, and making the characterization consistent, etc.
The reason I ask if because I've done the same for NaNo and, with ten days to go, I'm still rambling along without a plot! I tried so hard to come up with one before NaNo began, but I just couldn't do it. I've tried to come up with one while I've been writing, but...of course, I'm still rambling. For time limits and word limits like NaNo, I think I need to change my style a bit. Any tips?
I have had a bit of an epiphany in regards to my novel. I've been working on it for years and recently finished a rather lacklustre draft #2.5 (I gave up halfway on what would have been #2). I have decided...
GO BIG OR GO HOME!
I'm a bit scared of putting in the effort to make even a moderately-complex story (and most of the time, I don't think I have the brains for it) but I will try! I think I'm being too safe so, regardless of the end result, I will try to...not be safe? That doesn't sound right...
Now if only I could get someone to listen to my inane ideas and tell me where I'm going wrong...
My cousin recently sent a Cadbury Creme Egg for my son. I have deemed it far too sweet for him to have (overly sugary things don't agree with him), so I'm eating it instead. I mean, overly sugary things don't agree with me either but I'm...You know, I'm taking one for the team! I can't just leave the egg there, you know? That's a waste of good food!
Speaking of food, any Muslims here? Happy Ramadan! The moon-sighting situation was hilarious this year as always, but we're back on track...kind of. Have a good 'un!
I love that I joined WDC but every time I click on someone's port, I get a bit of a surprise. You see, sitting behind a computer screen, it's so easy to forget that every user on here is an individual entity. Until proven otherwise, every name that I come across in a post is the same age, same race, and of the same background. They have the same likes and dislikes. Until there is some background information, they remain the faceless masses which assume my features. It's like looking into a fogged-up bathroom mirror - you just assume that the face beneath that fog is your own.
But this is WDC, where anything is possible. The mirror is easily the gateway to another realm, where stars collide and grand castles on tall cliffs reside, where rhyming couplets reel you in and stanza after stanza feeds you a vision of a world made much less mundane in the mere mention of a melancholy meadow.
...I have no idea what happened there. I was going to write a serious note about the diversity of this place. My "fantasy" came pouring out instead.
I'm feeling disappointed. I left the house with the intention of coming back with a cuddly little kitten. No such thing. I did come back with a whole bunch of cat-related items though, thinking I'd need them for the kitten.
When you breathe in, make sure you see your stomach expand not just your upper chest. Also, lay on the floor and put about 4 books on your diaphragm and practice breathing and singing long notes. The song we're performing in church in three weeks has a note to be held for about seven measures. I have to use my emergency inhaler before we perform. whew.