Ever take a path in the woods that turns out to wiggle its way around until you feel like you aren’t going anywhere but lo and behold you get somewhere anyway? Yes? Oh good.
Last night I crossed the finish line, bloodied but not beaten. Presently, my word count is the least of my problems. My plot line is fighting back; time to re-group and take some time to read what I’ve written. I need to reflect on these people I’ve created – do any of them make any sense at all?
GANI & SEAN is approaching its conclusion, I believe. My characters have gathered together to attempt a seemingly impossible task. When they figure it out — i.e. how to accomplish it — the book will naturally conclude. Let’s hope the impossible task can be figured out!
“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.”
— Ernest Hemingway
Just wrote the 27,028th word in my new novel GANI & SEAN, and minor characters are dropping like swatted flies!
Sitting in a local wine bar, I am writing a sex scene in the midst of people who are likely 10 or so years older than I am — I look at the words on my computer screen and wonder if sex is really that much fun and that dangerous. Who knows? I don’t. I only know my characters are real people, and this is what they know, and what they want from each other.
When you reach that point — the point at which your characters are real people, you’ve got it made as an author. Your characters now take over the narrative. The dialogue becomes natural, easy-flowing and in the voices of the people you’ve created.
I’ve surpassed 19,320 words as of a few moments ago.
GANI & SEAN is my newest novel; and honestly, I’m having a blast.
Gani Jaksic and Sean LePen are coming into their own right about now in my new novel ( in process ) GANI & SEAN. For me as an author, this is a very exciting time — akin to birthing a child and having him or her grow up into his or her own person.
This evening, I cracked 14K on my latest novel, GANI & SEAN ( in process )… My characters are coming to life, especially a side character named Kristoff Koczella who is called The Cock behind his back ( although he knows he’s called this ). The Cock is a drug kingpin, rich beyond imagination, who likes alcohol and women almost as much as he likes money.
Another character coming to life is his limousine driver, John.
My main characters are finding their ways, struggling to emerge as REAL people in charge of their own destinies.
I’ve been thinking about this quote from Flannery O’Connor quite a bit lately. I am thoroughly amazed Reverend Kevin Hillar sprung to life off the page and ran amok in my novel. I did not chose for him to live, but I am certainly glad he decided to come into being on my pages. Thanks to the creative muse.