Karalee’s Post #63
I’m not writing Part 3 on outlining this week as I’m still in the process of working through the process, so it may be another week or two before I get there.
On the other hand my story is quite consistently in my thoughts now as I continue developing my characters and more plot points come to mind. To me this is what revving up to write feels like. I start to live and breathe my characters and their world becomes part of my world. My mind buzzes and ‘what if’s’ are still churning away.
This is my feeling of being a writer.
All I can say is thank goodness the human brain can keep the real and fictitious worlds alive and separate at the same time, otherwise writers would have a class of mental illness all to their own!
Characterization and scene building is well underway for me and the next layer to add is setting. I know the big locations of where my story takes place in general, but all week I’ve been toying with what my protagonist’s and antagonist’s place should look like, where they sleep, eat, dine, who their neighbors are, the weather, the seasons, etc.
I am also envisioning my final climatic scene and if I want it to take place at my protagonist’s or my antagonist’s workplace. Whichever one, I also need to consider that the setting must challenge my protagonist to rise up and meet one of her fears head on.
It is becoming clearer to me that outlining is crucial in establishing, or at least making me consider, not only where my characters live, but also what the setting needs to provide in order to show who my characters are as well as challenge them in some way.
Nothing solid has come to mind yet. I often find that sleeping on it a couple of nights helps and keeping my mind open during the day as I research and think about it.
You may want to check out this site: Images for weird houses. It’s good for a few laughs and who knows, it may jump start some ideas.