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Good morning world!

*THIS* morning we had the sunrise we *should* have had yesterday. >.< Clear and bright... *sigh*

Oh well.

Got up at 8 am. I'm trying to get back to a more 'normal' schedule. Didn't watch the time last night and so I wasn't in bed until 0:30 am, instead of *before* midnight. But ok... A little tired this morning, but not *too* bad. :)

1239 words this morning. Had to stop, or I would have kept going... I was writing once of my OC's 'Voice Journal' instead of working on the story. But he's been yakking into my inner ear for days now, so I figured it's time to sit down and let him have his say.

I picked up the idea of the 'voice journal' from the The Art of War for Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics, and Exercises. He has a whole chapter on the voice journal in there. Basically he says if you don't know who and what your character is, then just let them talk to you. Well, this one was blabbing on and on... So that's all for the better. The more he talks, the more I know about him and can put into the story.

Ultimately, I'll probably have at least five voice journals, because those are the main characters. :)

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lil_1337
Jan. 5th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
That is a really cool idea. You need to know more about the character then you write or he is going to feel flat.
ravensilver
Jan. 5th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize just *how* useful this is until I started re-thinking my story. Then I realized that some things that I'd said in the story just wouldn't work that way. And other things weren't being explained. And so the voice journal also helps me get the motivations of the various characters down pat. And when I know *why* they do something, then if they're OOC, then it will jump out at me.

Very useful little book, that... :)
lil_1337
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
That is one of the things that makes writing original fic so much more challenging. In fanfic the characterization is already in place so you have to discover what is ooc and what isn't. Granted it is up to interpretation on some things, but over all it is not nearly as difficult.
ravensilver
Jan. 6th, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
Actually, I had a sort of fanfic-character template for them all when I started. And then, as I was almost finished with the 'story' part of the story, I realized that they didn't want to *stay* in those templates. And so I had to start listening to them, to find out what they *did* want... :)
darthanne
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
That's a good sized word count. The voice journals are a great idea - characters love to talk and it's a good way of getting a handle on them.

Good luck with the rest of your writing :)
ravensilver
Jan. 6th, 2011 01:55 pm (UTC)
Working on it. :)

I love the voice journal idea. I never had characters that just jumped out at me fully formed. I always just had snatches, inklings, little scenes of them, but then I'd sit there and say, why is he/she doing this? >.>

So when I discovered the voice journal, it suddenly became a lot easier for me to understand my characters.

This one isn't shutting up. He dictated the whole 1000 words this morning... *ggg*
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