OK… Lets be real for a second. I am terrible at remembering to do this blog. I will do the topics, just not a daily thing like I had planned. I apologize for the hiccups. I am in a couple of writing workshops that are taking more of my energy than I planned. Add to that my novel is progressing nicely, and the chaos that is my life… And I end up with a blog that does not get updates as often as I want it to.
So topic of today is clowns. Now I have been a clown. In parades, and store openings, as my family did own a radio station. My grandma did the grand openings in costumes and I went along as a clown. It was incredibly hot, and I grew to hate that costume. In general I think clowns are creepy, and thanks to Tim Curry in It I have been quite afraid of them for years. Still, having just tonight I found myself wanting to see the remake in the theater.
What is the part about clowns that causes fear in so many? I am not sure. I think that it is the creepy forced smile that is painted on so many of them. Are you afraid of clowns? If so, why?
First off, I apologize for being a day late in posting. The headache monster visited yesterday, so I got little of my work accomplished.
Villains are tricky. We as writers often see the villain as a tool, two dimensional concept of evil…as a reader though I am here to tell you that is the end of a story. Even worse than plot holes, a two dimensional villain is enough to ruin an otherwise great story.
I have a sure fire way of testing my villains. I give them flaws, make them as realistic as I can. Then I imagine them in town and let the mental movie unfold… I as I am watching ask myself three questions…
1) Is the character sympathetic? A villain who we can sympathize with will make the story more interesting. Also I am one who thinks that the story should leave the reader wondering if they are happy with the villains defeat.
2) Is there a way to defeat the villain? Though I think that the villains defeat should raise questions about how the reader feels about it, defeat is usually in the life of a villain. And a overpowering villain is often no fun for the hero… Unless the story is not supposed to get the happy ending.
3) what are the traits that are showing up most with your villain? Has s he/ she got flaws or traits that you should pay closer attention to? A good villain often has fears, and accomplishments that they are proud of. This makes a far more rounded character. Villains are still characters, and the story is best when you treat them as such!
Lol…. I am not the world’s most active blogger. Every so often, to try to get myself used to a schedule I try to do “topic” challenges. I will try to do one a day starting later today. Yes I only have 24 topics. I am always willing to hear suggestions for more.
So I decided that I need to step back for a day or so from my projects in progress. I do this so I can get perspective on the story. So I returned to another project, a game world idea for D20 rpg. I set up the pen name for the project a while back. As it happens, this project got sidelined due to life getting busy, and the fact that I was writing on my phone. This made the project in question so much harder. The other stories were not as layout oriented in the writing. So I am now able to use my laptop, and I really have no reason why I should not put it into my current projects.
So I transferred what was done and realized that I have barely scratched the surface of what needs to be done with this. So I started to do it and the networking to be seen… And now I am sitting here laughing at my impetuous nature. The other projects will likely be ready for the editor in two months or less. This one is not likely to be available for at least six. I am being a wee bit optimistic about it. So I will be busy writing if I want to release everything this year.