Thursday, March 01, 2007

Dun Dun Dun

I had a great interview with our Undersheriff yesterday. He helped me out quite a bit with honing details for Windigo. It was very exciting and I can't wait to get all of this on paper now!

Outlining and Character write ups start today. 'course the kids have the day off of school because of the ice storm heading our way. So we'll see how far it actually gets...

About the author -

Raven Bower is the author of the upcoming horror novel, Apparitions (ArcheBooks May 2007)

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Anonymous Mark said...

Very good. The more info you have when you start, the better the novel will be.

I'll be looking forward to reading it.

Thu Mar 01, 01:29:00 PM  
Blogger Raven Bower said...

Goooooood because you're first on my assault list :)

I'm juggling around characters and added two more that are 'needed' for the plot.

Although...Crayola needs to make markers in more varied colors...

I got the 'Classic' colors and the 'Bold' and some of them look nigh identical. So I'm having issues coming up with enough to code my cards.

Thu Mar 01, 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger M. B. Weston said...

I use the crayola colored pencils, but that's to track sensory detail usage to make sure I include them all within reason. Still, I think the same problem with the colors exists--cobalt and blue look the exact same. (Well, I don't really have a cobalt colored pencil, but you know what I mean.)I hadn't even thought of using colors to track characters (and I'm Miss Color-oriented). Great idea.

Are you an outliner or a non-outliner when it comes to writing? I'm a semi-non-outliner, meaning I don't plot out each and every chapter, but I get a synopsis going and see where it takes me. In fantasy, I think it's almost impossible not to outline something because I have to come up with all the rules for my little fantasy worlds.

Okay, I just had a grande latte, and I'm a little hyper. I'd better go before I fill up all your comment space. Happy plotting. And I've heard that Benadryl (sp?) really helps those kids calm down (hint, hint).

Fri Mar 02, 06:59:00 AM  
Blogger Raven Bower said...

Oh neat! How do you use the pencils to track the sensory details?

I'm the same way when it comes to plotting. I write up 3" x 5" cards detailing the scenes that must happen within the novel and color code the corners with whose VP (viewpoint) I'm using for the scene. Then I create cards for each scene in the first two - three chapters and then go from there. I try to keep from one to two chapters ahead of myself.

I tried doing complete outlines but they always got trashed. It seems characters and plots often go awry and take on a life of their own!

Ohhh coffeee! Elixer of the gods! I'll probably end up brewing more, we're getting stomped on with snow and ice so the kids are home again...

Fri Mar 02, 10:08:00 AM  
Blogger M. B. Weston said...

Basically, I have a weakness for not including sensory details in my writing. To counteract my little problem I began coloring in all the sensory details that I included in a scene. Green=sight, blue=sound, purple=touch, pink=smell, and orange=taste. Then I do a quick glance over my work and make sure I'm covering the whole spectrum of the senses. (Did you like the pun??) It's kind of laborious, and I only do it because it's a weakness on my part. The great thing is that I now automatically include the sensory details in my writing from the get-go, and I can "see" things better. (I'm so glad you're a writer. You can understand me. My mom thinks it's crazy that my characters take on a life of their own.)

I like that you focus on only one character's POV for each scene. The sign of a pro right there, you know!

Fri Mar 02, 10:29:00 PM  
Blogger Raven Bower said...

They do take on a life don't they? It's strange.

I had one point, midway through Apparitions, where Bailey absolutely refused to take the course I'd plotted for her. I tried everything, even forcing it that way but the writing sounded wooden and well, forced.

I let her do her thing and I think it turned out all the better for it. Even though I had to scrap the entire plot for the last half of the book...

I'm glad there's other writers out there like this. Because most people do think that's nutty.

Sat Mar 03, 10:34:00 PM  

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