Tuesday, February 23, 2016

We Write Books: The (Evil?) Plan is Working

Fractures is back on the shelf for the time being, so I've started on Crossfire, my chosen book for the We Write Books Challenge.

I'm a pantster trying to reform my ways and become a plotter, mainly because I've decided that I don't care to edit ten months out of the year. Granted, I'll still have to edit my work, but hopefully I won't have to overhaul my novels three times before I'm ready to send them out for the first critique. At least, that's the plan.

And so far, the evil plan is working. Why evil? Well, to have a good story, you have to give your characters some challenges. In a sense, the author is an antagonist to the protagonists in his own right. Also, I've been working on my villain laugh.
We should really have more cat villains. They always
look like they're plotting something.
From here.
As of this weekend, I have finished steps one and two of the snowflake method, giving me a good sense of my plot. I've also started thinking about my characters, which is a little more challenging than the action side of the story.

Characters are one of the areas I tend to struggle with. My protagonists have a tendency to be goody-two-shoes, even though flawed characters are some of my favorites to read. One of my goals with this book is to give my characters a bit more depth. 

Is it easier for you to brainstorm your characters or your plot? 

The lovely Victoria Jackson will be guest posting this Friday, so be sure to stop by and check out her post! Normal posting schedule and Friday Fiction Fix will resume next week. 


  1. Yes, I agree. We totally need more cat villains. *runs off to write a book with a cat villain*

    And that's actually a good point. The author throws stuff at the characters that the character don't particularly like, making the authors the antagonists. But they're also kinda the fairy godmother because they (usually) fix everything in the end? Via character arcs and a sword in the right place or a brilliant plan or something. *shrugs*

    Good luck with figuring Crossfire out. I wish you the best of luck with figuring out your characters!

    1. I guess that we do normally "fix" things at the end...sort of like double agents, perhaps?



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