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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Processing My Fiction -
When Not One, Not Two, But “Six” Characters Grab the Story
Characters Run Wild
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?
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.
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.
Writing is, feelings
put into motion
Writing is memories
stitched in new clothing
hiding a secret
become pieces and chunks
new life, baked and simmered
under the heat of self
And writing is
moments of poetry
mixed with the doings
and dialogs of sounds
couldn’t wait to hear
© felipe adan lerma
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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namaste´- con dios – god be with you
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