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WOUND: The Characters

I try to write character-driven stories. When I’m reading, my immersion level increases dramatically when I can identify with a character. I don’t have to be similar to them in any way (and that’s my privilege talking) but that connection really drives the reading experience, and therefore, that’s how I like to write.

The physical description is only important to me if it drives the story. I tend to do minimal details and let the reader color in the visual person. I want their personality to come out in their dialogue and choices: what path do they take, what questions trip them up, etc. I think this is closer to how we get to know people in real life, and it’s a hell of a lot more fun.

For my Vella series, WOUND, I have a set group of characters that I use for point-of-view and a set point that are not. When I started season two I wondered if I should switch from one group to the next, but I worried that if any readers connected with, say, Carol, in season one, they may resent not hearing from her until season three (there are five planned in total). So I’m sticking with my four originals…that is, unless something happens.

I did want to take time to dig deeper into their stories (for research and for fun) and thought it might be interesting to post it here. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be sharing some ideas and backstory of my characters in WOUND, point-of-view and other. I’ve also made some great picrew images of them, to help me paint their personality on their faces.

All in for Prep-tober…sort of

I have tried and failed at Nanowrimo for years and that’s fine. So this year, I’m not setting myself up for failure by going all in at the beginning, swept away by the frenetic pace of thousands of people eager to get their words down. Instead, I’m planning out a steady and less chaotic schedule of writing, focusing on two different projects. Letting the excitement and camaraderie be the lo-fi playlist that motivates me, I’m hoping that I can approach Nanowrimo this year in a more leisurely and (mentally) healthier space.

Also, I’m kinda gonna do it in October.

See I’ve got other pen names (just as non-productive as this one) and there is one novel that I want to churn out in November, but it’s not for Betty. Betty has to work on her Kindle Vella serial, WOUND: Thirst, and the haunted clock anthology, Striking Thirteen, that she’s been tinkering with like an old watchmaker. So this October the serial gets revised (re-vamped – AHAHAHAHA) and the anthology gets drafted.

The timing is terrible since the anthology won’t be out until next year at the earliest. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

As for my boys, Baron and Sykes, and The Shape of Us, I’m outlining their first mystery and will probably work on that in November, but not on the Nanowrimo clock. I hope to have that ready to go before Christmas. I have two bonus stories that I’ll be giving away – how they met and their first Christmas. Just thinking about them makes me smile. So much fluff!

Anyway, recalibration complete. I’ve created a new schedule that hopefully adjusts to my life and takes my idiosyncrasies into account. My main goal is never to write another “I’m abandoning this project” post again.

NOTE: I’ll be updating my Patreon soon and while I have no patrons right now (totally cool), if it’s something you might be interested in, what kind of things do you look for as patron-exclusives? Just curious.