Another Lazy Weekend

04/11/2011 at 7:46 pm (Writing) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This past weekend was another rough one for me when it came to getting much writing or reading done.  I headed up to Sacramento as soon as I got out of work on Friday (which is why I’ll be doing my Friday book recommendation later today), and we played “Heroes of Might and Magic V” for the rest of the day.

I know, I know, playing a computer game is no excuse for not getting my work done.  But I really love “Heroes of Might and Magic III” and “V” is very similar.

Anyway, Saturday I ran 16 miles.  My sisters, brother and law, boyfriend, and I are getting ready for the Big Sur Marathon in May, so we’re going to start tapering now.  Our 22-mile run last weekend was our longest run until then.  After the run on Saturday, I didn’t really get too much more done for the rest of the day.  When I got home that evening I pretty much just crashed out in bed and had some weird dreams.

Sunday was when my critique group met.  I spent the morning re-reading the sections that we were critiquing that day, and the critique itself took up most of my evening.  So when I did get back home again, I didn’t feel like doing too much else other than reading a little more of “the Unidentified.”

My sister and I did start drawing out a city map for our novel before the critique happened, and we did start talking about how we’re going to wrap up some of out major plot lines.  Also, as I was walking over to the coffee shop we’re we meet every three weeks for our critique I saw baby geese!  They were so cute and fuzzy!  Here’s a picture I took of them (although they are almost too small to see):

The final think I accomplished this weekend was that I found a picture of me where I: 1.) don’t look like a zombie, 2.) am not doing that stupid lithe fake smile that I tend to do in photos, and 3.) am not purposefully making a stupid face at the camera.  So that is not my profile picture.

How is everyone else doing?  Did any new and exciting news happen while I disappeared from the blogging world?

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Development & Growth

03/31/2011 at 9:44 pm (Writing) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Not all that long ago, my critique group ripped apart…I mean gave some nice, helpful suggestions for chapters 7 and 8 of my novel.  The main suggestion that I took away from the whole thing was that my main character should have undergone more character growth and development by that point.  So I went home afterwards, shed a few tears over the fact that my novel is not perfect, YET, then I sat down and started thinking about character growth in other stories I’ve read and loved, and how I should show it in my novel.

One of the books I’ve read that I feel has some good character development is “Alanna: the First Adventure” by Tamora Pierce.  In this book, Alanna has to develop confidence in her abilities as a warrior, and face off with the bully who torments her throughout most of the beginning of it.  A little later in the book, she has to face her fear of her own magic in order to save a friend.

It doesn’t sound too complicated until I start thinking about how I should do something similar in my novel.  Also, on a side note, if you have not read the Alanna series (“Lioness Quartet”) you are really missing out.  I loved those books along with her “Wild Magic” books as I know I’ve mentioned before.

Now for character growth in my book, I would say that the biggest fault that my main character has is her inability to get close to people and develop real relationships.  Sure she gets along with everyone all right, but there’s no one she would actually call a friend.  So, I guess the easiest way to show growth is maybe have her admit to having developing feelings for the guy she works for.

Another option would be to give her some sort of fear or weakness to overcome towards the beginning of my novel, but I’m not sure I really want to go and do that since I like my main character the way she is and that may take a whole lot more reworking than is probably necessary.  I might take another look at my beginning later to see what faults she has to work with though, but I do think having her develop a real relationship with someone would be the way to go.  Has anyone else run into this problem while working on their novels too?

Just a quick side note to all my potential readers, I did not actually cry after my critique…ninja assassins don’t cry.  And another note, my critique group is really great, and I appreciate all the help and advise they have given me.

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