Monday, November 4, 2013

MONDAY MUSINGS—MAKING THE CUT (IWSG)




It started out a thread of gossamer brushing my mind. Little sparkles of ideas catching my mind’s attention. Intriguing snatches of characters in my dreams coalescing into story pieces and captivating my imagination with possibilities. I could see where the characters came from and how they got to this world and the source of their power as well as the eventual goal of the story and characters but there were pieces missing. 

I knew I needed research to flesh out the world a bit. I've got pages of research on various aspects of mythology and gemstones but how to pull it all together became the issue.

 I have this huge gorgeous sweep of fabric to work with but what about these other equally lovely and rich pieces of material? I want to use them, too. How do I combine them all into a whole piece? I have most of the picture in my mind of what I want but where and how do I place the pattern pieces? I've pinned them this way and that but haven’t made the cut yet.



My indecision drives me nuts.
 
I have two sets of characters clear in my mind. I've decided to work with those pieces first. I've decided to do smaller character stories or sketches and let them help me define the parameters of this new world.

My insecurities are showing up big time. Maybe I’m doing it all backwards? Perhaps. I already know this story is going to pull me out of my comfort zone and stretch my writing skills. I have to start somewhere or walk away. I’m not inclined to walk away so, I’m writing.

On one hand that scares me spitless and on the other hand...it's exciting.

What about you? Have you ever had a story that affected you this way? 

How did you handle it?




I have a guest on Wednesday so I did my post on Monday.

WEDNESDAY Over Coffee: Yolanda Renee.

FRIDAY Over Coffee: Anne Elizabeth
  

16 comments:

Karen Walker said...

What I do when this happens is try it one way and see if that flows and works. If it doesn't, I try it a different way until I know it is what the story is wanting. Good luck, Sia.

~Sia McKye~ said...

I kinda thing that is what will happen with how I'm doing it now, Karen. :-)

Suzanne Furness said...

Lovely analogy. I think that you maybe have to start writing and see where the words and characters take you. I find I am constantly surprised by my characters when I start to commit words to screen/paper. Best of luck and happy writing.

Yolanda Renee said...

Taking a short break from NaNo in an effort to keep up with blogs and comments. I love the way you wrote that, great descriptive work. All I can tell you is I'm letting the story unfold, the details as I write. The characters are guiding me, although I know where I want to go, the path isn't always clear. If I get lost I just start asking questions and eventually the path opens. Sometimes a minor character feels they deserve more attention, but ego is easy to spot. LOL I'm just hoping I can make the journey suspenseful enough for my readers. Good luck!

Kat Sheridan said...

If you've done your due diligence and written out the GMC, then stop procrastinating and just write. Let the characters take you where you will. Write the first three chapters and then reassess. You still have time to join in the NaNo fun, which is all about STOPPING planning and STARTING writing. Go go go! There's no such thing as doing it backwards in writing. There's getting words on the page. You can do this!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

So many ideas you have no idea how they will all tie together? Insert them one by one and see what happens.

Crystal Collier said...

Oh my goodness, yes! And I took a great deal of time thinking about it, studying the material, pondering, arranging plot points then rearranging them. Often I find if the story really wants to be told, all the elements will appear at the right instant. (Thank you subconscious.) I just have to get all the possibilities bouncing around in advance. Here's wishing you the best!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Once you dive in, the story will take on a life of its own and you will be swept up in the excitement.

~Sia McKye~ said...

sUZANNE-- Very true--been on a couple of those journeys.

Yolanda--I ask questions too. Just outta practice.

~Sia McKye~ said...

KAT-- I KNEW you'd bust my chops on this. yes'um I'll do it and yes, I'll get myself signed up. :-)

~Sia McKye~ said...

ALEX--yah, I'm trying a few.

CRYSTAL--this has been living in my head for sometime and my subconscious has been playing soccer with it. :-)

Diane--it's been awhile since I've done something new but, yah I remember the excitement.

L.G. Smith said...

I love those days when I sit down to write with nothing more than an inkling in my head of what I'm after. One word eventually builds on another until I get a scene I can get excited about. I think you should just jump in and see where all that research and contemplation takes you. Exciting!

Melanie Schulz said...

Every time. The story I start out writing is never the one that ends up on the page.

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Jo said...

I love the descriptions of characters virtually writing their own stories or refusing to go the way the author wishes. I love the idea of cloth you used here Sia. Just be sure not to cut it too soon.

Isis Rushdan said...

I agree with Suzanne and Diane Wolfe. Just start writing and the characters and story will tell you if it's working. Trust yourself and don't be afraid to start over if necessary.