I seem to have developed a complication already in four pages. A subplot just developed between Gisella, my Female MC’s little sister and the Male MC’s best buddy, Cody. Seems they are romantically plotting together. Hmm didn’t see that coming. This could explain why he was a little more tip lipped in his interview than she was. He didn’t want to say much, and I misunderstood his reticence. Once he was done getting his buddy to back to civilization and then the buddy not remembering anything about the camping trip. That would be the last we saw of him. This is how I originally saw his character play out.
The more I write him, the more I like him and that fact there is already romance in the air. He’ll get to hang out a little longer than I originally thought. He provides the serious to Keith’s manic personality. Whew, wonder how in the world I am going to deal with a manic were-beastie. However I have to rethink the role he has given himself. This might just turn out okay after all. Wonder what else is going to crop up.
There is also the fact my sisters, Glory and Gisella. And then Cody and my maverick government hunter Caleb. I usually try to avoid naming characters with the same first letter. Except these developed naturally. I am hoping there will be enough distinction in the names and the characters so I won’t have to change them.
Hello dear readers. Thank you hanging out with me as I have tried to wander my way through a writing life. Some days are more sucessful than others. I was listening to Writing Excuses, Brandon Sanderson’s podcast. Something they said in Season 1 episode 2 was marry a mundane thought with an extrodinary thought. I tossed it around and looked at it as they were talking and I got hit with an idea.
What if a werewolf was bitten by a human on a full moon night?
Mundane thought: werewolf/human interaction.
Extrodinary thought: human bites werewolf
So next question I asked myself is Why?
Why would a human bite a werewolf? How would the human even have a snowball’s chance in Miami if the bite was delivered? How would the human know they were biting a werewolf in the first place?
So the answers I came up with lead to two different stories. One a comedy, “hold my beer and watch this” kinda of accident, with the werewolf becoming human and trying to fit in the human world while trying to get back the werewolf part. And the human becoming a werewolf and having to figure out being wolfy.
The second one is darker. Dying human thinks health and vitality will be restored by stealing a werewolf’s curse. Then sending henchpeople out capture a wolf, susprise they actually grab a were. The night of the full moon, set up a ritual and the dying person steals the were’s curse/power/mojo. Bad guys releases the former werewolf while the bad guy gets healthy and goes on to do bad guy things. And at some point the werewolf would challege bad guy to get their mojo back.
Still in a plotting/thinking stage, however it is more writerly behavor than I have had in months. Both stories appeal to me. I think the second one would have a better chance of making it. While the first one seems to me to be the more unique.
I belong to the NaNo group on fb, and I posed to the idea to them. Biggest response I have ever had to anything. Most thought it was a sound idea as long as I took a humorous approach. Nobody much commented on my second theory on the idea. Some were completely turned off by the whole idea and some were like “Yeah, I’d read that”.
So now the work begins with seeing if I can cook up an outline for one, both or possibly merge the two ideas in one story. One commenter said to set the tone similar to Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman in Good Omens.
So wish me luck as I go off to plot and see if maybe I can get some writing mojo back. Cheers, james