Well, another month and a half has flown by and still nothing “unique”.
So much for the plan!
But this does NOT mean I’m giving up on the plan. I will still endeavor to accomplish something unique and entertaining here for us both.
Time is my enemy. I won’t go into all the reasons why – wouldn’t want to bore you – but know that I am trying.
Why it may appear that I’m a slacker (when I’m not):
So what have I been up to during this past month and a half? REWRITES! Yep you heard read that right. I’ve spent much of my available time doing the thing that I dread the most. Yuck! On the other hand, I think I’ve accomplished quite a bit of good on my rewrites. Spellbinder is shaping up nicely and with this latest rewrite, some of the pieces I had worried most about are being fixed. Maybe, just maybe, I will grow to not hate rewrites so much…one of these days.
Characterization and dialogue:
I still have a problem to solve with three Spellbinder characters called The Witan. They speak in rounds – finishing each other’s sentences in a way I hope will be a little confusing to the reader, so they experience them in the same way as my protagonist, Billy. While these three characters do have individual names, I want the reader to feel that they are (very nearly) a single entity. I’ve gone about this, as stated before, by sharing their sentences, but I want to show this on the page in a way that the reader can tell which one of the three is speaking. They each have a different personality from the others, so that may help, but they are so in tune that they often think/speak along the same line. Right now, I’m showing this through varying indentions for each of speaker; one tab for 1st, two tabs for 2nd, and three tabs for 3rd. It looks sort of hokey on the page and takes up a ton of space. I’ve also thought about putting some kind of symbol or image before each one that would tell the reader which one was speaking, but that seems a bit hokey too.
Where you can help:
If you have any suggestions on how to handle my problem with the Witan, I would appreciate it if you left a comment below.
Best wishes and better adventures!