A Tale of Two Were: A Comedy-Part II

So I have been working and plotting on my werewolf comedy. See my first post about it here and here.

I have sucessfully “interviewed” two of my minor characters and gotten a better feel for what my world looks and feels like. I must say Giesella was much more informative than my other character. Although part of it I think, is once the story really gets rolling he fades out. I don’t know for certain and he may crop back up. At this point in the outline he does fade out after the camping trip/doctor visit. I haven’t tried to “interview” one of my three main characters. I am torn between wanting to keep building the background and wanting to jump into the story.

I have mapped about 27k words of my story so far. I am shooting for between 50k and 75k, if I can keep the story going. And by keeping the descriptions pretty simple: Camping trip, last weekend of summer, pick a fight, etc. Enough to say this is what needs to happen, but not so much as to stifle anything that might grow from it. I hope. This is my first time actively trying to plot a story vs jumping in and letting the words pull me along. Thank you Mr. Russell Nohelty for offering suggestions on how you outline and write via your Masterclass.

One of the more interesting aspects of this story is going to be how Glory loses her were-soul and the other guy gains it. So I have been playing around with the were-soul as I have termed it. I see it as either the essence of the animal, neither male or female. Or it is the opposite sex of the host, ie Glory is female therefore her were-soul should be male. I did briefly consider having the were-soul the same as the host and then retain the female when it jumped bodies. That would have given a male werewolf femine instincts. But I decided that would be harder to keep up in the long run.

That is all I have for now. I will post as I progress and get to writing soon. Cheers, james

A Tale of Two Weres: A Comedy

So I have kinda gotten behind a little bit last week. I have some fun news for you. Since I posted about my Werewolf story idea, I got a lot of positive feed back from you guys. Thank you.

So I am trying my hand at writing comedy (no clue) and a werwolf story. Also I have been trying out some new skills, outlining (not as scary as I thought, thank you Russell Nohelty) and getting a firm idea of the story before starting to write the story.

I am currently in the middle of an interview with a young were, as of yet unknown. And one very interesting thing she said was Area 51 isn’t aliens, but werefolk. It is a were/gov’t school and training facility. I am interested in finding out what they learn at “school”.

So we have covered some ground, but there is still quite a bit to go. She is a Team Jacob fan and vampires don’t exist in her world. And there are more weres than ice cream flavors at Baskin & Robbins.

I am still on the hunt for names and keeping a random name sheet. So far the most interesting name I like is Colwym, a river in Northern Wales.

Cheers and happy writing, james

Writing Excuses Podcast

Brandon Sanderson has written several of my favorite books, Alloy of Law, Steelheart, Firefight, and I am currently reading Mistborn. He has being doing a podcast called Writing Excuses, for awhile. I just found it and I am working my way through Season 1. The episodes are about 15-17 minutes long and he talks to two other writers. I think they change based on scrolling thru the later seasons.

After listening to the first two episodes I am in process of developing a new story. Episode 3 was like a punch to the gut, Kill Your Darlings, was about more than just editing. They advised if you have a story that you have poured years of effort into and not finished it. Kill it.

I almost cut the podcast off then and there. After catching my breath and calming my racing heart, I was like no let’s see why they are saying that, after all they have a whole lot more experience than I do. The reason they suggest killing a long term project is distance, well the lack of distance. There is very little chance that you will be able to coldly and mercilessly edit the manuscript. They said you are too emotionally attached to it. They did say instead of throwing it completly out, to set it aside until you have become a better writer and can edit it properly. That makes me feel a little better. At least enough to listen to episode 4. I’ll keep you updated as I listen along.

If you are doing Camp NaNo this summer, I applaude you. And I encourage everybody to keep writing, keep painting, drawing, knitting, sewing etc. Keep being creative and keep moving forward. Cheers, james