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Rewriting the bible

In this case I’m talking about the bible I use when I’m writing my novel. I got the idea/suggestion from another blog or article I read a while back. Shamefully I didn’t bookmark it so I have no idea where it is or who said it.

I’m sure the idea of having a notebook filled with character information, locations, and other important facts for a book is not uncommon. I’ve done versions of it on 3×5 note cards in the past and it turned out disastrous.

For example: I would come up with a character that I thought was wonderful. Absolutely perfect for the story I wanted to tell. Then as I began actually writing I’d find out that this person was as one dimensional as you could get. There was not person in the character I had created.

So I would throw the note card away.

I would rewrite the character completely and start over trying to fit this new character into the old character’s spot. Trouble was that most of the time the situations that came about after the setup were because of how the original character acted.

And of course by this time the trash had been taken to the dump along with the character I had fallen in love with in the beginning.

So the notecard idea wasn’t going to work for me.

My next attempt was putting those notes into a notebook. That worked out well. Until I had to add more characters and locations. Or a new interesting fact came up. Or I would get distracted by a back story and have a whole notebook filled with events that had happened so long ago that no one in the current book gave a damn about them.

And then of course there was the constantly changing face of my characters.

Between Models.com and taaz.com I have literally thousands and millions of faces to inspire a character. I’d find one and the next thing you know I have found an even better one.

So what’s a writer to do?

Get a blank 9×11 sketchbook (hardbound with an elastic closure)
Get a pair of scissors
Get tape
Get a stapler
Get a yellow pad of paper (or notebook)

And rewrite the bible to your hearts content.

Your characters are going to evolve from your concept into people with their own voice and opinions about who their are. It’s nice to document the journey all the while staying true to the Idea you had in the beginning . 🙂

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For the love of….

How do you know you’re going to do something, until you do it?

J. D. Salinger

Feel free to input what ever you’d like at the end of the title. Mine ranged from “driver’s ed” to “flying pink pokadots” while I was driving back to work yesterday.

And yes, for those of you keeping track of my life- yesterday was my day off. But when your boss screams ‘help, I don’t know what’s going on’ days off are like smoke. In this case there was nothing I could have done because of one little detail JJ forgot to mention. The entire county was cut off from the internet.

Just a small detail.

And of course along with that their phones were out too. 😦

But that wasn’t what had me thinking up new and strange ending for the phrase “for the love of….”

No, that award goes to the 3 vehicles who insisted that every curve was going to run them into a brick wall or make them drive right off a cliff.

You think I’m joking?

You know that gentle curve that you can see both ends of as you approach? Maybe a 2 degree bend in the road?

These people were slowing down to 15 mph to go around it.

This would have been just an exercise of patience if not for the fact that I just had an hour of practice not 20 minutes before. So what is a poor frustrated girl to do?

I can’t pass (curves of doom and all).

I can’t honk my horn because the guy in front won’t hear it (4th car in line and all).

And did I mention I wasn’t driving my car? I was in my husbands and my phone isn’t hooked up to his system. So no music either.

I play the word game. Come up with the most ridiculous ending of a phrase that I can possibly think of and use it as a catchphrase for one of my characters. 😛

See, even without working at the keyboard I’m still working. 😉

Give it a try

Yes, I know I should be working. And in this case I actually am. Well, not right now, but I spent most of the morning working on Characters and a little on the world building. And I’ll be working on them again this afternoon.

I am currently using a couple of questionnaires to help with my building projects. Both are fairly in depth and can be found online. The Character Sheet can be found here and the World Building Questionnaire is here. And while I thought I had a pretty good grasp of how things worked in my world and who my characters are, I have to tell you I really really didn’t. 🙂

It has taken me a few weeks just to get as far as I have, which isn’t far at all. But in my defense I have had to work and of course there is the Stanley Cup series going on. 😛

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