Processing My Fiction – When Not One, Not Two, But “Six” Characters Grab the Story ;-)

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The ChildrenProcessing My Fiction – When Not One, Not Two, But “Six” Characters Grab the Story ;-)

Pictured Left : “The Children.”

Multi-generational fun when the family, and their children, arrive to join the grandparents to participate in a children’s festival.

The first third is preparations for their arrival, and, when the children arrive, things get really cranking! :-)

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Characters Run Wild

Six Characters in a Corset

Six Characters in a Corset

What to do?  What I did…

What I did when I wrote my third novel, “The Children,” featuring a family cast of characters I thought would each have their own book, was find I really liked the ensemble process.

Not that I don’t do, or like, individual protagonist work, it’s just what’s perking in my creative soup right now.

Or maybe I should say salad, since it’s hot here in Texas, and, salads tend to mix but retain the individual components. :-)

Essentially, what I did, when I got to “The Children,” within a wide-mesh outline process I had first started trying out as a guide, was let them go.

Like real children though, one is always worrying and happy at the same time over all the mixtures of people you care for one can’t control or direct.  Which knowing our own lives, might be just as well. :-)

And there are plenty of story writing warnings about this.

Head hopping fears?  Fix it later, if really needed.

Point-of-view shifts?  Find the focus in something else, something they’re doing, or the setting they’re in, and their reactions to that.

Competing interests and story lines?  Yeah? So what else is new with having kids!

The drive to have these characters interacting together, in varying degrees and intensities, was too much to continue to try to resist.

I gave up caring.  Caring what a fictional reader or critic, including myself, might think.

And just wrote.

And a funny thing’s been happening.

Threads to tie the differing lives together began to appear.  And continue to.

More questions arose.  How to re-write those ideas into the current story.  How much to re-write to do the same.

The answer, one answer, a partial answer, it turned out, was pretty simple.

Create short stories.

More questions.  Should the short stories be prequels? sequels? within the same storyline time?

Geez!

What was this!  Real life? :-)  Sorta, I guess.

So I gave up, again.  Caring that is.

Now I have short stories with the same characters set in the past, the future, and soon (I’m working on it) within the time frame of the body of my novel in progress!

The big surprise?  I really like it like that. ;-)

Six Characters in Play

Six Characters in Play

Yes, if the six “spots” above are the characters, some of the characters are more prominent than the others.

But…who’s to say which character will play the dominant role(s) at any one time.

I’d like to say the author, who does have a say…

But, I’ve found I better listen to what the real characters are saying. :-)

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With the above in mind, below is a short poem, linked to dVersePoets OpenLinkNight # 103, hosted by Grace, celebrating a little of what writing is for me.

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Writing Is…

Writing is, feelings

put into motion

catapulting

with words…

Writing is memories

stitched in new clothing

hiding a secret

in red…

Writing is

when words

become pieces and chunks

of

new life, baked and simmered

under the heat of self

scrutiny…

And writing is

moments of poetry

mixed with the doings

and dialogs of sounds

words

we

couldn’t wait to hear

again…

© felipe adan lerma

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This won’t always be the case at the end of any of these “Processing My Fiction” posts, but if you’ve read this far, this week that I’ve posted this article, you can grab a copy of “The Children” free at Amazon. :-)

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10 Responses to “Processing My Fiction – When Not One, Not Two, But “Six” Characters Grab the Story ;-)”

  1. Grace July 3, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    Writing has been a new journey for me and I have discovered a whole new world with writing ~

    Thanks for linking up and wishing you happy week ~

  2. Tony Maude July 3, 2013 at 6:06 am #

    Writing is all those things, and sooooooooo many more too. It’s amazing how often we live with the conceit that we are completely in control of our characters; some of the best writing prompts just put two characters in a situation and ask, “What happens next?” Each person writing to the prompt discovers that something different happens in their story than in everyone else’s.

  3. Poet Laundry July 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    Writing is all these things! Well said sir.

  4. Victoria C. Slotto July 2, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Very much enjoyed your writing metaphors, Felipe. That could make a fun writing prompt. Writing is….!

    • Felipe Adan Lerma July 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

      well certainly feel free to use it anytime ;-)

      when i began writing “a lot” of poetry, back in the early 90s, that was one of my favored ways of finding what images i related to a subject, ie, “my mom is…” etc

      it’s pretty revealing what / how we associate, and it’s fun

      hope people go to read your poem, so soothing, so beautiful, best wishes victoria :-)

      http://liv2write2day.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/summer-heat/

  5. brian miller July 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    we could not wait to hear again…for sure…i like the mystery of writing…sometimes we start with an intention and then the story just kinda goes where it will…and when we let it out of the box and dont know how to get it back in…it finds a way you know…some interesting thoughts man behind your stories…

    • Felipe Adan Lerma July 2, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

      “it finds a way” –

      and that is what’s taken me so long to realize, though i’d often allow it, out of anger i couldn’t consciously figure it out, or voices of criticism in my head were “extra” loud, lol! we can plan and plot, but til we also allow, it seems it just ain’t gonna happen, thank brian :-)

  6. claudia July 2, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    feelings

    put into motion…memories

    stitched in new clothing….i like that image much….writing is something so soothing and nurturing for the soul…

    • Felipe Adan Lerma July 2, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

      “writing is something so soothing and nurturing for the soul…” –

      without expression, fulfilled or not, even if there is a dream, my guess we’ll never nourish the soul as needed, thanks so much claudia :-)

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