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Great Characters Tell the Story … A Writer’s Journey

Climbing the “Novel Writing Mountain” has its highs, lows, and false peaks.

However, I finished the story edit phase of the novel. The story editing phase is where I go through the entire novel and iron out all the rough spots in the plot. Finally the main plot, and the subplots, make sense throughout the entire story. This also means that I have finally reached my favorite stage of the storytelling process. I call this stage the character editing stage.

Currently my novel is 69,898 words. I expect the final novel will be between 70,000 to 120,000 words. Guessing the final length will be much easier after I finish the character editing stage. The character editing stage is where I develop character history, character dialect, style, etc. In addition, I make sure dialect and style is consistent for each character.

For example, not every character is going to use slang… or cuss… or call someone “honey.” I enjoy reading work by indie authors. But a pet peeve of mine for new/indie authors is when every character acts and sounds exactly the same. It doesn’t matter if the ebook is free or not… I get irritated quickly with poor character development.

In addition, in the character editing stage, I edit each character individually.
I go line by line in the dialogue, making sure each character has a unique voice… a unique style, etc. It appears as though I have a total of 53 characters in the story. Some of these characters do not have a line to speak. Some have just a handful of lines. I have 31 of these ultraminor characters. I anticipate it will take half a day to edit these ultraminor characters. But even the ultraminor characters will get individual attention.

Other characters are important minor characters, and of course there are a few major characters. The bulk of my character editing time will be spent on the important minor characters and the major characters. I expect the character editing process to take around two to four weeks. This process will add between 0 to 50,000 words to my current ‘net’ word total.

What are some of your novel writing tips?

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The Kittens Died

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One of the kittens last week

Remember the kittens my wife and I found in the garage several weeks ago? One was dead, three were alive. A second died in the first two weeks… but two kittens survived for several weeks. The last two both died Sunday, November 23rd.

When we first found them, my wife took it upon herself to bottle feed the kittens. That means for the first couple weeks, she fed them every four hours. But a four weeks ago, they began sleeping through the night.

But three days ago, their bellies became bloated, and they got diarrhea… we were concerned. This was a possibility after the kittens switched from formula to solidish food.

Well… Sunday morning, one was dead… and the other died soon after. Had the kittens survived, we would have put them up for adoption. So we are sad… but we will be okay.

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Part Two: A Character began Following Me … A Writer’s Journey;_ylu=X3oDMTBxNG1oMmE2BHNlYwNmcC1hdHRyaWIEc2xrA3J1cmwEaXQD/RV=2/RE=1414907592/RO=11/ few weeks ago, a character I did not recognize began following me.

At the time I knew very little about this character. Things have changed. I now know the character’s gender, name, age… some of her motivations.

But this process is annoying. I am a writer. But working on two projects at once is a bit much. I have finished my outline for this “mystery character’s” story. But I am still elbow deep in my “current” story. But this new character will not stop following me. Continue reading

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18 Animated Gifs That Got The Michael Bay Treatment

Originally posted on TwistedSifter:

This. Is. BAYHEM!

When Michael Bay directs animated gifs, explosions happen. Lots of them. A recent reddit post by jerip123 entitled, Unecessary Explosions unearthed a subreddit called /r/michaelbaygifs, described as ‘gifs, Michael Bay style’.

I’ve also embedded an excellent video by Tony Zhou that explores ‘Bayhem‘ ? his style of camera movement, composition and editing that creates something overblown, dynamic and distinct. It’s worth a watch if you’re into film.


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What is Bayhem?


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