Update on the Magic Spreadsheet adventure AKA one of the greatest decisions of my life. You can tell it’s wonderful because I took the time to change the text color and type this explanatory sentence.
It’s Day 17 and I’m still going strong, clocking in 8231 words so far. I haven’t written today’s yet, but I am on fire and exploring my characters so much it’s insane. I don’t know how, but I never realized before that you need to actually write out your characters in story form in order to create a character sketch. In mind my, it’s been the other way around for quite some time. I think I’ve finally settled on the mythology of my world — or at least, part of it — and my protagonist is turning out to be not as flat as she was two weeks ago. It really is a terrible occurrence when you realize your secondary, and even tertiary, characters have more depth than your protagonist. All that is changing, thank goodness. I’ve finally written a CHAPTER 1 that I actually like (you know that battle well — the dreaded chapter everyone hates….it’s worse than the rest of the book combined), and I will hopefully finish it within the next few days.
Surprisingly, my biggest problem in the past couple weeks has been explaining my plot line to others. Granted, it’s still shifting around and has been for a while now, but I’m just terrible at summarizing things. I’m currently part of two peer writing groups: one with a few close friends, and another with friends more experienced than I in the realm of writing. My approach to explaining my story seems to change every time I attempt to give a synopsis to someone.
So what is a good formula for painting that picture for someone? And what problems have you guys had with flat/dynamic characters and the chapter-that-must-not-be-named and how have you overcome them?