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When Characters Takeover the Plot

In talking with other authors, I often find that some of their favorite stories are about times when their characters takeover the plot.

Full MapI was working on the manuscript for book three, The Light of Ak’ron, this week when I realized that the heroes of Torrence and Lithlillia were about to retrace the steps that most of them took in The Legend of Jerrod.  I spent a couple of days going back through the first book of the Kingdom of Torrence series, recording the timeline. In The Legend of Jerrod, Jerrod and his friends  started their adventures in Torrence, went through Lithlillia after some misadventures in the Black Forest, and then proceeded north to the Fjord of Menduran.

Empowered by my refreshed memory of the timeline, I sat down anxious to write the next scene for book three. I gathered the characters, described the scene, and began the dialog. They had already assumed that the object of interest was is the realm of the Dark Elves. As an author I prepared to lay out the dialog in which they were going to discuss traveling north to Sismen Pass, which they figured was a good starting point for their search. As my fingers began typing out the scene that I had spent more that two days preparing, Imelrinn, an ancient Mountain Elve (Elf), spoke up, “I can show you the way. I fought there once as a young man.

I had too laugh. Authors have to follow the personality of the characters and the logic of the story-line/plot. When I created Imelrinn, part of his history was participating in the Elven-Dwarven Wars centuries before. As he grew older he became the guardian of the princesses of Lithlillia. The Kingdom of Torrence series starts with Imelrinn watching over his third charge, the half-Elven druid princess, Rhonda. In The Light of Ak’ron the friends must seek out a threat to both the kingdoms of Torrence and Lithlillia, among other challenges that arise in the course of events.

 

Inspiration

Writers, authors, poets, lyricists, we all get inspiration from a variety of sources. Depending on what I am writing, I may have more motivation when I am sad or angry. I can just sit and pound on the keys, expressing my feelings. I find this particularly true with poetry. At other times, my muse comes to me in the early morning when everyone is sleeping and the house is cool. It is a great time to write until the cat comes and sits on my keyboard, or the dog wants out, or, my coffee cup runs dry. After the small interrupting I sit back down and continue writing, dream of Jerrod, Amanda, and the others while I lay out a story line that I hope will entertain my fans and readers.

One of the most unique moments of inspiration that I had was after struggling with a musician for several weeks, trying to get The Bard’s Song in chapter nine of The Legend of Jerrod. I was driving home from my mundane job, which pays the bills, and started humming a tune, probably about four measures. I went home, downloaded some music software, and composed the music for The Bard’s Song. The instrumental is currently available on this blog for free.

Yet, there is another kind of inspiration, of motivation. Sometimes it is hard to just pick up the feet and move on to the next task. “I don’t wanna go to work” or “I’m sick of dealing with this” seem to plague our lives at times. An author can sometimes push off writing, but inevitably, we all face moments where some additional inspiration, some motivation, is all that gets us through.

One of my fans, who read The Legend of Jerrod with her aunt over the phone, was just such an inspiration for me. She had been confined to a wheelchair for twenty years and struggle daily with tasks I take for granted, such as getting out of bed or brushing my teeth.  In recent years, when the stress of life became so great that I grew frustrated or dismayed, I thought of her challenges. Marie became my inspiration helping me realize what I was facing wasn’t that bad and enabling me to get through adversity.

In Loving Memory

Christina “Marie” Miarecki

May 1965 – May 2015

March 29, 2013 – This Week

Wow, I have really felt the urge to write I mid-week post. I love it when I “have to” write. So, here I sit putting “pen to paper”. I wanted to write when I got home last night, but, as discussed on Twitter this week, it is 3:00 am and here I sit…

First, I created a book give-away on Goodreads.com this week. I am giving away 5 books in the United States at the end of April. I hope to give more away for Canada and Europe in the following month or two so please, stay tuned.

I have really been living the life of an author this week…. very chaotic. With that chaos goes a rise and fall in the interests of my book, The Legend of Jerrod, which is the first book in the Kingdom of Torrence series. An author’s emotions flow with the ebbing interests.

Most of the authors I have spoken with write for one reason; they love to write. It is stark realization to find that at the end of the book there is a business side that must be managed. Just to prepare a book for publishing there are editors and publishers that you must coordinate changes between. It is much easier to write the manuscript than to review it. But when it is all done and the publisher has the book for print you breath a sigh of relief thinking, “it’s done!”

I write because I enjoy creating a story that readers might enjoy. But writing has an unexpected consequence. The cost of “writing” may not be much. To make the storyline of the book available so that readers can enjoy it you have to deal with the cost of (self) publishing. It would be great if every author could be picked up by a publisher who wanted to pay for the publishing (we will leave the pros and cons of traditional publishing for another time). So, to share your writing you must publish and to publish you must promote and market your writing. A circle.

It is not that promoting and marketing are bad; they are just time consuming, but this week I have met some marvelous people on Twitter, Facebook, print media (i.e. magazines), and other associations. They have touched my heart and I, I hope, have touched theirs. We have shared emotions of life, memories, and inspirations of various kinds. Some really great quotes came out…

Carmen DeSousa (Twitter @Author_Carmen) quoted Robert Frost, “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”

Carla Martinez posted an inspirational image on Facebook. “Don’t carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones to rise above them.”

“Measure your success in your child’s reflection, not your money and toys.” D.M. Stoddard (Facebook @kingdom.torrence)

As it nears 4:00 am I will go back to bed. I hope to post some background or excerpts from The Legend of Jerrod this weekend. I need to write some more on book two, Amanda’s Quest. I am working on her reaction to Jerrod’s…

Ops, no spoilers!

March 8, 2013 – My Week

Just a short note on the author’s week…

I was invited to a Signing on April 27, 2013, at Grassroots Bookstore in Reno, Nevada. I love talking with readers. I wrote The Legend of Jerrod because I wanted to provide an enjoyable story for readers. When my children were small I told them bedtime stories of the forest animals and how the animals got along. I told the stories so often that I did not think I could ever forget them. I guess I should have written them down.

You can find Grassroots Books at: http://grassrootsbooks.com/

Shout Outs: I had a couple of really interesting conversations with fans and authors this week.

Sebastian White (Twitter @SebWrites) discussed authors struggling to focus on their writing, finding time to write. I also had a great conversation with Rachel Thompson (Twitter @BadRedheadMedia) about Amazon’s rule precluding authors from reviewing books. Teresa Cypher (Twitter @Teresa_Willow) and I discussed the willingness of authors to help one another. David Allen Kimmel (Twitter @dak1963) offered a perplexing question regarding Star Wars or Star Trek. Which would you prefer?

I am intrigued by Daniel Beazley (Twitter @DanielBeazley) storey about a happy Orc. M.G. Edwards (Twitter @m_g_edwards) is writing a book on her six month trek through Europe and Asia. Carol Bodensteiner (Twitter @CABodensteiner), writes about life in Iowa. I have also become acquainted with a poet, Teresa J Franklin (Twitter @ tjfpoems); she has some marvelous art on her FB fan page. Teresa has her poetry available on her web page: https://sites.google.com/site/tjfpoems/home Rebecca King (Twitter @RebeccaKing123), romance author, also has a remarkable picture on her Twitter page. Melissa Craig (Twitter @MelissaKCraig) and I discussed the writing styles of authors’ gender. H.L. Stephens (Twitter @HL_Stephens) indicated that she has started looking for an agent.

Thank you for all the wonderful discussions.

I have not written much this week. I have been focused on getting my picture taken for my media packet. Scott Westover of NSSP Photography  http://www.nevadasportphoto.com/ took the final pictures. I will be working on the media packet this weekend and, hopefully, a little on the second book in the Kingdom of Torrence series, Amanda’s Quest. I am also arranging to have The Legend of Jerrod reviewed.