Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Day 2, March 30, 2010

I introduced three new characters to the story today, two principal characters and one supporting character. Of the principal characters, one is the protagonist, the other is the antagonist. The supporting character is the antagonist's right-hand bad guy.

Putting new characters into play is something of a song-and-dance routine. Vocally, you have to give each character a distinct voice. You don't want a choir of all basses or sopranos. Then you have to choreograph each character's movements. You want to set them in motion with a purpose in mind and ideally with a sense of grace. It won't do to have them tripping over one another.

There also should be story logic behind a character's introduction: The line of a plot or subplot should begin to unwind.

Today's writing matched yesterday's in word total: 2,000+. Page count is now fifteen, about 50% more than I'd originally expected. A good start, but I know there will be some slow days ahead. Over the course of a three-to-four month project the world is bound to intrude in one way or another.

Day 2 of writing my new novel is done.

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