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[Jun. 6th, 2005|08:57 am]
Silicon Rose
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Thanks to some help from genedefect, I've solidified some of the unknowns for Familiar and now I'm beginning to write again. It's difficult - I'm not sure the characters have good chemistry with each other. I think there's something I need to do to bring them back together again. But I know where I'm going now, and that's a good first step.

I just sort of wish I hadn't gotten this far without knowing where I was going, I guess.

I don't have a lot of faith in the story, but I want it to keep going. I want to finish it. And it'd be nice to see it published, though there are outstanding issues (mainly that it's intended to be young adult fiction and the main character curses frequently and unimaginatively).

Ah well. Nothing to do for it but keep going and solve the problems in the editing. I could always just stick a new character into the group and fix it up on the editing... heh... but I probably ought to strengthen the characters I already have.

Oh, and my laptop randomly restarted. Here's to hoping it's not dying AGAIN.
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[User Picture]From: ketsugami
2005-06-06 05:35 pm (UTC)
Cursing is not a problem in today's YA, from what I hear.

You should have faith in, if not the story, then your ability to fix it. Remember that a first draft is just that -- there's always room to change stuff.

And, most of all, just keep going! No matter how awkward it feels at the time, you'll be surprised when you come back and read it in two months. Even if you have to edit a lot, you'll be able to use a lot of it, I guarantee.
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[User Picture]From: froborr
2005-06-07 01:41 am (UTC)
I agree with everything ketsugami said, but I wanted to add that if your characters don't get along, then they won't stay together unless events force them to. Which is fine as long as you don't force them to get along.
Writing is very like DM'ing in many ways: there's no rule the characters have to like each other, so long as they're stuck with each other. In fact, characters who don't necessarily "gel" into a group can make for a very interesting dynamic.
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[User Picture]From: siliconrose
2005-06-07 02:04 am (UTC)
It's not necessary that they have to like each other, yes, but I'm worried about the chemistry - whether their interactions are interesting, whether they're moving the story in a good direction.

In fact, two of the characters are very unfriendly towards each other. It's just... I'm having trouble getting them to DO anything, and I think part of that is the group dynamic.
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[User Picture]From: froborr
2005-06-07 06:31 pm (UTC)
Ah. That's a bit tougher. Can't really say what'd help, being as I know nothing about the story except the title. I would, however, generally recommend against adding another character and ignoring the problems that generates until the editing phase. The only way to make a new character work is to rewrite the entire story from the start, and not just the scenes in which that character appears. I apologize if that's discouraging, but adding a new character to an already-mostly-written story is *hard*.
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