The Search Begins in Chapter 12 and also my Hesitation About my 2nd Draft

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Although I haven’t started  chapter 12 yet.  I  have outlined it pretty good and I’m  ready to start  working on it. Of course  this chapter 12 is way  different  from my  first draft’s chapter  12.  Events will be changed  around. Some  scenes that were in  earlier chapters in the  first draft  will now be  in this chapter .

It has changed drastically.  It will  involve the search  for Sirena’s friend  Gaby.  I almost have like a hesitation  about this chapter because   I’m almost 30,000  words in  and my main  character Sirena   has not  really interacted  with the yearling  werewolf pack  all that  much and she doesn’t  really  know  about her powers   or  who  she is  quiet yet.  However,  in the first draft  I  had it where she knew  early on.

In  the first draft it was like this:

End  of Act 1 she finds  out who she is

End  of Act 2 she must make a decision  to  save her town  and family  

End  Act 3  she must make a  decision  whether  to  risk staying or leave with  the pack

I  want  to keep it that way in this draft .

But in this  2nd draft everything   seems to be coming later   than what it did in the  first draft.  Maybe  I  have pacing  issues ? I don’t know .

Well I did  add  scenes that wasn’t in the first draft  and take scenes  away  that were in  the first draft.  So that can be my issue  right there . The  new scenes that I have written  has  lead  the story to more   new  scenes all together. Maybe  the story  itself will be longer this time .  The  first draft was 70,000  words  .  My  goal  this time  will mostly be 80,000 . 

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HOW TO PLACE YOUR MAIN CHARACTERS CENTER STAGE

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On a recent podcast episode 5 I explored  a little bit about how I introduced each individual main  characters in my work in progress  novel on the  first pages  and  beyond because in my work in progress  novel  I use multiple pov .

I’m by far an expert in this but  I do have experience writing my characters and experimenting. So what  I  advise in  this  post will only be mere  suggestions.

As a writer you can introduce a character  center stage by doing this:  

Introduce a character through action

In  my  work in progress novel, since I  have  a background in screenwriting I  always introduce my character  in  media res .  (I will do a separate post and go deeper  on that term  later)  Media res  is a Latin phrase that means “in the middle of things.” In writing, this is used to describe a story that begins right in the middle of the plot or action.  And  as a  screenwriter  I  was  always  taught  to start the  first  scene  and or action of a scene with characters  in motion.  Of course  you don’t have to do that. It’s by choice. But  by  introducing your character by action  it gives  the reader a sense of who that character  is. 

Limit physical appearance

I had to learn this the hard way especially when I  first learned the art of screenwriting.   In screenwriting you cannot put  a really  heavy  , hard  description of  your character that   only boggles  down the  page and  seeing  mostly white  space is usually better .    If any description  at all,  you only put  most of the time the  name , age and  whether their  female or male.   This   is mostly to help with casting  purposes .  But we are  writing  a novel right.  not a  screenplay .  So why  should we  limit  physical appearance in novel as  well?  The  answer is   rather clear and rather same  as  when writing a screenplay.  It  is better to focus  on describing  their  personality  and actions  . By  doing this  you allow the reader   to  fill  in the blanks and use  their  imagination.   

Aim  for a  memorable character trait 

This is a hard one and    I  also had to learn  this one well. But  I  did this with much experimentation  on my part.   Where  one of my villain  characters has a little ocd  problem and  carries around a white cloth to wipe away everything.

By using a character trait or mannerism in your own writing  you  can help the reader  gain more insight  on the character .

Introduce the main character as soon as possible

This is  a  given and somewhat needs no explanation  but I’ll  give it anyways . But it’s important to introduce the main  character right  away in order  for the reader to emotionally  connect  with your character and  invest  within the story  itself.

In my current work in progress even though I have a prologue .  My main character  is  heavily mentioned  in the prologue and  then on chapter 1  you see her right away.

Backstory when appropriate

Of  course  you  do  not want  to write an info dump.  But  how   do you introduce a  character   with their   backstory? Well no info dump. But   instead  write a backstory that  is relevant to the characters eventual  story arc that focuses   on  formative l events that will advance the plot.

Well  here it is folks. 5  unique  ways to introduce  your characters and place them center  stage .

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Is Your Novel’s Villain Really Evil?

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A  while back  I created a podcast episode about  Villains and their motivations  and could  they be redeemable or  are they better off staying pure evil. You  can listen to that podcast here.

But  today I’m going to go further  in analyzing  this notion.  

The first question we need to ask  ourselves is what makes a villain evil?  Are they  born  evil or  influenced  by  their  environment?

In my work in progress   novel  During the Blue Hour  about  werewolves  none of the villains  are born evil.  They are more the 2nd option .   Influenced  by their  environment .  I ‘m going to   go  in detail about why a character might turn evil  based  on their environment.

So  let’s  start  off with this  notion that  every character  is a  hero of their  own story. They never see  themselves as the villain.

For example (spoiler) in my  work in progress series  my  main villain  throughout the series , a  she were wolf  supposedly is doing  all  her  villainess antics  for love.  That’s  right  folks  she turned  evil because  she is being  forced  away from her  true love.

Everything  she is doing   is  only justifiable  to her.  But  she is no way a sympathetic character  and cannot be redeemed able   because  her love turns into madness  which thus turns into insanity   where  there is no coming back to.

Examples  outside  of my  work in progress  would be :

Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty.  Do we  actually think she was just evil  for  the sake of being  evil.   There had to be  some motivation behind her  villainous actions   to turn her that way  and  I’m not talking about the live action movies  either.

 Another   example  is 

The Wicked Witch of  the West from the Wizard of Oz.

She is not just evil either.  Something  deep inside of her  made her that way . Some  versions of this story  has strategically   expanded  that notion  over the years  .  Giving a  clear reason . My  guess is jealousy.

From  my research and writing  my own villain  I have come to the conclusion  that a  writer  cannot  possibly write a  villain  that is born evil.  There  always  has to be  a reason  or  motivation  behind their actions   whether  it be something deeply rooted  in their  childhood  or their  overall  environment.

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HOW TO WRITE THE FIVE MAN BAND IN YOUR NOVEL

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Do you  use archetypes  in your writing? Well  you know archetypes  get a bad rep  because  it  is said to be over used tropes.  But as a  writer I  feel like they are important to your novel.  

I learned about these archetypes  in-depth when I was still  in college years ago in my  film classes.   We had to read and learn about  Carl Jung  and  the 12 archetypes   also  about Joseph  Campbell  and   the Hero’s journey.   Those are  each an individual  post on it’s own  and  I will  eventually   write about them later .  

This is the thing  that I have learned about  writing novels and screenplays  is even  if you  don’t  like using them  and hate the analysis  of the  tropes and architypes you are still  using them  whether   you know it or not .  It’s like  subconsciously in grained   into  you if you are a true  writer .   And  there is  a such  thing  called a  true writer . Like  you know if you are a writer  if  you  do so and so.  (that’s a whole  other posts) but you get what I’m trying to say. 

So you use these  tropes without really knowing. 

One  type of architype  or trope I’m going to talk about today  is the five man band .   No not  the band group of the 80s/90s that this phrases is usually confused with  but  a literature/ gaming term/ trope that  was first coined in the 70s  by a   superhero franchise. The reason   I’m  talking about this is because I’m using it in my  current work  in progress novel  During the Blue Hour without really knowing.

 So let’s figure out what a  five  man band is ?  Who usually uses it in their novels ?  And How to use it in our novels?

The five man band is usually a set or group of characters within a hierarchal system    that form an actual  team with skills  that can contribute  to the group itself .   The five man ban has  to be at least 5  characters and have  a  literature   architype .   I think  since my novel  is  about a  pack of werewolves  I can put  a clear check mark  on that with having a story  involving   the  five man  band  trope.

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Let’s go even further .

The first character is:

the HERO or LEADER  –  of the group. He is usually the one who has a clear  head and is very charismatic that anyone would  want to follow them.

The 2nd character  is:

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The LANCER or 2ND IN COMMAND–  they are usually a contrast  to the hero  or leader of the group . In  some cases  he  is much of a foil  to the leader. If the leader  is  nice and compassionate. The Lancer  is usually a  Jerk or opinionated.  They may also be a rival for the  Leader when  it comes to the love interest.    

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The 3rd character is:

The SMART GUY– and is usually physically weak but  clever in everything else.  Also not  having any  active powers. Is usually a buddy to the big guy .

The 4th character  is:

The BIG GUY–  is the strongest person  physically  to the group.  He is usually the muscle. And one who is more loyal to the hero and lancer. They usually  will be the ones to  distract the villains.  

 The 5th character  is:

The  HEART – the peacekeeper  of the group.

Oh yeah and sometimes there is a sixth member  of the group that has to prove themselves to the rest of the group.

Okay  so my research  came  at a stall when I tried   to find which books used the five man band because it’s  usually used in tv and movies.  But  I’m  going  to take a guess  from the books  I  know  about  and read.

Example  of literature uses of the five man band  includes:

  • The Wizard of OZ
  • LORD OF THE RINGS
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • The Dresden Files
  • HUNGER GAMES
  • HARRY POTTER

These are just a few examples  but these are some  famous titles  who have  the five man band woven  into their stories.

So  how  can  we use it?

As a  writer   you just have to play around  with the characters and their architypes.  Sometimes  they will  overlapp. The roles are what matter.  Another   thing to remember is that in order  for you to have the five man band in your novel  your characters  must  form a  team  dynamic.

Try  to figure it out. It might be fun. 

Here is example  of my five man band  for my current  work in progress  , DURING THE BLUE HOUR. 

At the Beginning of the book 

Leader: Cristan

Lance:   Adrian

Heart/The Smart Guy: Imani

The Strong Guy: Bastian

The Sixth Ranger (MC) Sirena

At  the  End of  the book

Leader: Cristan

Lance/Smart Guy: Imani

Heart: (MC)  Sirena

The Strong Guy: Bastian

The Sixth Ranger Chemsen

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CHAPTER 11 CONCLUDED WITH INTERRUPTIONS

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Last night  I finished up  writing chapter  11 with  Adrian’s  POV .

If  you haven’t read my other post he is the 2nd love interest  to Sirena who is the main character  of course. ( I will delve deeper  into him  in another post but I mention him  in the  video  the Last Arctos Pack . Take a look.)

The chapter 11  which was  entitled  hangover  concluded  with  2322 words.  

Most of  the words was  taken   from my first draft.  Which was in another  chapter all together  in the first draft. 

I feel like in this draft I placed it in the right section.  And gives a good lead up to what’s to come in my next chapters.

The  section of the chapter 11 that  ended  it up with Adrian’s POV  was entitled  INTERRUPTIONS  . 

I  named the section INTERRUPTIONS because. Adrian interrupts  things and gets interrupted  in his  goals.  Adrian  has  never  seen a mortal.  This is  his first  interaction in the mortal town.  (In my novel it’s the name  for humans. I don’t use the term humans in my novel.  )  It’s  just his reaction  to what he sees.  To him in this  chapter , even though  the town is small he sees  it as too busy and too noisy .  He can hear everything  since  he is a werewolf and their laughs (that he calls brays), and the sounds that they make  hurt his ears.   He interrupts  a street hockey game and gets into a fight because of the laughter he hears  from them.

He  interacts with Sirena  again but not in a good way   because  their meeting is interrupted  by the town’s police (which I Call a spider agent) named  Henri D and  his dog Storm. This  character  is not a new character  but was actually introduced  briefly  in  chapter  3.  He  is actually important to Adrian’s  character arc which will be revealed  in later chapters. 

But  he  actually interrupts Adrian’s  encounter  with Sirena.  Adrian decided not  to leave the mountain  without  his sister who in this  chapter  he calls very stubborn for her  loyalty  to  Cristan. So since he chooses not to leave  his  whole goal within this chapter is to  figure  out  what  Sirena is all  about  just  to spite Cristen.  Because  Cristan lied   to them about Sirena.   But obviously  because  of Henri D he  doesn’t  get the chance.  So the chapter  ends with him  catching Sirena’s scent and  following her as  she   hurries  off with her  friend Eli  up the mountain.

So  I  feel  I’m  putting more emphasis  to  pairing him up with Sirena than Cristan  because  right now he  is interacting  more with Sirena than Cristan is.  But  I will  see what happens in  this next chapter  12.

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CHAPTER 11 CALLED HANGOVER

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I’m  halfway  through  chapter  11  with currently 938  words  for the chapter itself. 

Let me go further and explain.

Chapter 11 is called Hangover and it takes place a day  after  my main characters sees  the werewolves  in the mountain. 

She’s not  going  to leave it alone that there  might be werewolves  in the mountain or that her best friend might be up there. 

So in the scene  that I  finished  yesterday for this chapter she asks her friend for a favor to use  his jeep to go up to the mountain in secret . But  the  friend  does something better  he offers to go with her.

In the second scene I’m currently working  on the  2nd love interest Adrian  who is a werewolf enters the human town for the first time.

I  named  the chapter hang over  because  everyone including  her friend  mistakes  the main  character  for being  drunk the night before

We all know  that a hangover is an unpleasant feeling after  consuming  too much alcohol. The world seems  to spin . Your either dizzy  and  irritable  or anxious. That’s an alcohol  hang over.

But  the full  historical definition of a  hangover  is the sense of a survival, a thing left over from before. Something  uneasy.

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WEREWOLVES IN FICTION: John Steinbeck Wrote a Werewolf Novel Called Murder at Full Moon

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Did you ever read Of Mice and Men?  If you did you might  be familiar with the famous  author John Steinbeck. This is not a review  Of Mice and Men  but  something that  I  came upon while  researching  something else.

Did you know the famous John Steinbeck actually  wrote a  werewolf  novel?  Yes  I know  interesting , right?

The unpublished  story is called Murder at Full Moon. About a detective who is investigating  a string of  murders  that  strangely turn out  to be a werewolf.  It was said to be a  complicated, interesting hybrid novel that lied  somewhere between a murder mystery, a detective novel and a werewolf story.  Woah ! The  novel  is  considered a lost work since  Steinbeck never published it at the time. It was written by Steinbeck using  his  pseudonym Peter Pym. So even if it was published we would not have known he wrote it anyway.  The novel when found was a full  manuscript; a whole  novel. It wasn’t just pieces or sections . It was a full  233 pages. Wow!

It was said the reason why it wasn’t published at the time  was because his publishers thought  it was juvenile . I mean  John Steinbeck  was most  popular  at the time  for writing  tales about life  during the Great Depression.  I can  understand why  his publishers  did not want to publish it. 

But that is what pseudonyms are for , correct? There are many writers today who publish within different genre and use a pseudonym. Why couldn’t he? 

Here is the crazy  part  the literary agency that is  in charge of his estate  today  still won’t publish it . They  said  if he  wanted  to publish it back then . He should have . But he didn’t so they  will not publish it.  Fans of Steinbeck  are trying  to urge the ones in charge  of his estate to do so because  it would shed light on how far in range  his  writing abilities  went. Thus  showing he may  have even been inspired by  Allen Edgar Poe .

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WEREWOLVES IN FICTION : Are Werewolves Really Fantasy Fiction?

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I was curious  about  something that  kind of bothered  me.   Well  since I’ve  been writing about werewolves  I ‘ve been  questioning   why  werewolf  fiction is always classified as  paranormal  fiction and not just plain  fantasy?  Are  werewolves  ghost ?  What’s the difference?   And so I did some research. 

Often there is  an overlap between both  the fantasy and paranormal genre.

Fantasy deals with magical creature, mythical creatures  and  talking animals   with a  tone   said to be from ancient worlds or another world altogether.  They  have  kings and queens .  An  example of that would be King Arthur  and Merlin . Or Lord of the  Rings 

Paranormal fiction is  a subgenre  of fantasy  whose story lines revolve around the paranormal . This  could be witches, ghost, and vampires.  .

It contains element of magic or the supernatural that’s so deeply integral to the story

Yes . It is said that paranormal  fiction  is also anything that  is  brought  to light   from folklore , fairytales , and popular culture and that includes  shapeshifters . IE  werewolves.  And similar to supernatural  fiction genre  , another sub  genre  of  fantasy .

Like I’ve said before werewolves has been known throughout history  as being connected  to real world legends and folklore . 

However  the  two genres  are usually interchangeable  and there is debate   on whether  these   supernatural and paranormal  genres  are one in the same as   fantasy instead of a  sub-genre  .

That to me is rather confusing and I  feel  as though there should  not be  a  debate  or a divide. 

I talk more about this  on  my podcast  episode 4  Fantasy vs Fairytale

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My 2nd Draft Going Full Detective Sherlock Holmes Mode? What will my Main Character do Next in these Upcoming Chapters?

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Like  I stated yesterday I’m headed  for writing  chapter  11 in my  2nd  draft  of my work in progress.

The storm  has finally arrived.  The  main characters  best friend is  missing or dead?  My main   character  Sirena  has already had  glimpses of the world of werewolves. She doesn’t  think it’s  real  but only a dream.  Within  these next couple of chapters  she is about to become a sleuth  because her  curiosity  will get the best of her . She is  intent on  finding her best friend. 

But what will she do  when she finds out  the truth? 

Okay  so  I  never intended  my 2nd draft to go full  detective  Sherlock Holmes   mode.  It just happened that way  . But my  story  is not a  mystery  . It will  and always will be a  fantasy  werewolf  novel  I  guess with  elements  of mystery   and a lot of adventure . I   guess  that will be different for a werewolf novel  of  today’s standard .  My werewolf is no way  a twilightesque  romance  , but there will be some  romance thrown in.

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The Storm Has Finally Arrived At the End of my Chapter 10

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So the finished  chapter 10  of my 2nd draft  eventually came  to  1091 words. I finished it last night  so I’m on to chapter  11. 

I  talked about chapter 10 a  couple of weeks ago .

Cristan confronts the rest of his pack  in this chapter and the truth as  he knows  it about  Sirena.

He doesn’t  want to admit to the pack that  Sirena  might not be human .  The  rest of the pack wants to get away from the town and  the mountain.   I left off  the chapter  with the three pack members  leaving Cristan  high and dry  but  he still  has to stay on the mountain.  So at the end of this chapter the  earth diver orders him to get the pack and help  Sirena  because the storm has arrived .

I’m  going  to rename  the chapter : THE STORM IS HERE 

I  explained in an earlier post what the storm  was WHAT IS THE STORM IN MY WIP NOVEL? So check  it out if you want .

I ‘m going to be  starting chapter  11  today. 

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