I began to work on my other writing projects. Hopefully I’ll get some of them done over the holidays.
Hunters’ Inc. I’ve now made into a project in Scrivener. Since the character statistics are all that I need to change for each game system that we’re using, I’ve split the book into separate chapters.
Scrivener (software) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I’m also seeing if I get benefits from a productivity software tool: I’m trying Todoist .So far Getting Thing Done didn’t; I hope this will instead.
- NaNoWriMo Wash Up (limebirdwriters.co.uk)
- reflections on NaNoWriMo (ravenspeak.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo’s Bitter-Sweet End (lettersandfeathers.wordpress.com)
I read about Story this morning. It’s by Robert McKee, the author of Chinatown, long considered one of the best screenplays and movies of all time. So, I looked it up on Amazon.
What was also mentioned was Dramatica, also a book about writing stories, but one with a different approach to them. I researched them both.
My research showed me something very important: Story is expensive. The book is likely out of print, but the Kindle version is even more expensive, over 25 bucks US. On the other hand Dramatica was $7.99.
That made the one to choose an easy choice.
Yesterday (October 1st) I signed up for what will be my tenth – and possibly last – NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month.
My first 4 times I succeeded the challenge (2002 – 2006). From 2007 on I didn’t. Those first 2 were due to the deaths of loved ones demoralizing me. The other 3 were for other reasons; I won’t list them though, as I don’t want to make excuses.
Some would call me a masochist for attempting it again, but I wanted to end on an even number.
Whether I succeed or not, I’m not giving up on writing! I have many other projects to fill my time. You’ll hear about them here.
I asked that question on my Facebook fan page several mkonths ago. Both are elements required for good fiction; I was just curious which one other writers preferred.
On closer study – this will come as no surprise to people who know me – plot is the more essential of the two.
Characters are definitely important – distinctive, memorable ones. Stock, cardboard ones just lie there, are easily forgotten and usually contribute to a story or novel not even being picked.
Plot is needed even more. It drives a story from point A to point B… without one a story just wanders aimlessly. A story can begin from memorable characters; as soon as they do something (anything) those actions become plot.
As such the two are intertwined.