Finding Voice for Characters

Posted by Akira | Posted in General Writing, Serial Fiction, Trials, Writing Projects | Posted on 03-03-2014

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Courtesy of acommunityvoice.com

Courtesy of acommunityvoice.com

Trials of The Hunt is going very well. I am currently posting Chapter 10 this Wednesday, and I’m loving every minute of it – the writing, the researching, worldbuilding – the works. One thing it is forcing me to do is develop plots, and along with that, characters. I have a new character debuting soon who figures prominently in the story. This character makes a very brief appearance, but the impact of that appearance is felt for quite some time. Originally, I had planned for Pat (fictional, gender-neutral name for a fictional character, lol) to appear more often. Pat was to have a significant influence by having a permanent presence in the overall plot. However, as the series has developed, it seems Pat’s influence will be far more effective in a limited capacity.

Recent Happenings

Posted by Akira | Posted in General Writing, Wild Royal | Posted on 11-09-2010

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I was finally able to crank out the remainder of an important scene a couple nights ago after being unable to get the motivation/gumption to just do it. For those who don’t know, I am writing a fantasy erotica novel. It didn’t start out that way, but it morphed into that genre pretty quickly.  Yeah, there’s some talk of mechanics because, well, those are the pages that get dogeared in the books that really sell well. But that’s such a small portion of the sexual experience, both fictionally and in reality. I’m not saying that the physical isn’t the best experience or the most interesting to write, but the most memorable sexual experiences are memorable because of the emotions involved. That first time when everything is awkward and just plain weird, but at the same time (hopefully) full of wonderment and excitement. The time when you realized you loved that guy or girl and that was the best sex you ever had because of the connection you felt at that moment. Those are the hard things to write. I’m just getting to know my characters in that sexual way, and writing ‘men thoughts’ is a foreign experience for me. Of course, I have lots of background documents to draw from so that helps greatly. But nothing helps more than a man’s perspective. A drop of realism goes a long way even in the fantasy realm. It’s the best way to draw in a reader so that when you drop that strange panther hybrid shifter into the mix, you’ve already got them hooked, so their willing to go along with your wild imagination because somehow you’ve made it possible. This next week promises to bring about the completion of the rewrite so I can shelve the book and work on a few projects I’ve put off.