...but between moving house in late December and some recent medical issues (all is well, just been exhausting from the multiple appointments and all), I have been spending all my spare time trying to figure out this story I've been banging my head against.
But finally I've shaken free from the writing-related miasma. What did I do? Gave into the inevitable and put the story into first person. I'd been struggling to write in third person, but my natural writing style seems to be first, and once I let myself write in first person, the words began to flow again.
So I guess the rule is, give up on third person, at least for now. Go with what feels most natural, most comfortable, and just let the character drive.
I have a new story in the works (see early mumbling about characters), but I didn't have any clue of a title. I think I've now come up with the title of the story:
Standing On One Foot
It may change (my titles are almost never set in stone until the final draft), but I think this one has sticking power.
I have some new characters (in Dani and Avi's universe) whom I need to develop, and so I need to do what I always do -- "interview" them. A number of years ago, a friend pointed me to a compendium of questions that one can ask one's characters, and that's how I tend to do new character development. It sounds odd, sure, but it works for me. :-)
But that made me wonder how other people do character development. Do you just write and see where the character takes you? Free writing with a focus on the character (if that can be called true free writing)? Something else entirely?
The radio station I listen to runs a lot of PSAs for various government programs. One they started running last week contains the following (approximately):
"*Ding*! That's the sound of your ex-boyfriend sending that picture of you in your underwear to all of your friends. *Ding!* And now to your coach. *Ding!* And, worst of all, to your father."
It is an ad trying to teach (I presume) teenagers to think before posting things online, with the message that it'll be seen by people they didn't even think would ever see it.
But I heard another message -- either it's pro-women's-sports (the photo is being sent to "your coach"), or it's in favor of gay guys dating (it's being sent by "your ex-boyfriend").
Either way, it works for me. But I doubt the US government intended that message.
I volunteered to participate in the snippet day that Kiernan so kindly offered to the writers of Wedding Sips, but now I have to figure out what to use as a snippet. It's a longish story (about 8K words), but I have no idea what to snip -- a beginning bit? The middle-ish, where the wedding planning is in full swing? Near the end, where they're actually having the wedding?
I'd snip a sex scene, as that always brings the readers ;-), but this is told from Avi's POV, so there's no actual sex in this story.
I have until some time tomorrow to figure this out, I guess.