Nano Spotlight: E.H. Taylor

October 21, 2013

Good morning friends and followers! It’s the start of a new week, and I’ve got plenty of Wrimo interviews to share with you. Today, it’s E.H. Taylor’s turn, from Every Word Written.

Tell me a bit about your experience with Nano so far:

I started participating in NaNoWriMo the November of 2010, though I didn’t start to really get into it until last year. Not only was 2012 my first win, but it was also the first time I really sat down to write something of my own and discovered how much I loved it. The other thing I discovered this past year was Camp NaNoWriMo (though how I missed those two months I’ll never know). I participated in both and somehow ended up with over 100k each time. I now have two nearly completed first-drafts (one missing an ‘epic’ battle scene and the other a decent ending) and that’s more than I ever could have imagined writing before taking part in NaNoWrimo.

What are you writing about this year?
This year I’m planning to write a ‘whimsical’ dark fantasy, something you would expect of a darker Alice in Wonderland. It’s going to be a seduction to the dark side and a statement on how things aren’t always as they seem or as simple as ‘good’ and ‘bad’. This is the premise I have so far:

A young woman is drawn into a world that is more black than white, but soon finds that everything may just be varying shades of grey. With no clear lines drawn, what choices will she make?

And sadly that’s about all I have. Now if I can stop the other plot bunnies long enough to get my planning done this month, I’ll be happy!

Who’s the best character in your Nano novel?
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IWSG Follow-up: Why my First-person Narrative has to be deleted.

January 5, 2012

Okay, well, since so many people asked about it, I’m going to do as Elizabeth suggested and devote a short blog post to talking about first-person narrative in “Won’t somebody think of the Children” and why I’m leaning towards rewriting the entire book in third person point of view.

I’m a big fan of first person point of view. On the other hand, I’m starting to realize that at times my reliance on that writing style doesn’t really serve the story that I’m telling, and that’s the basic decision that I’ve come to with Tom Sandinez serving as narrator of his book. It’s a call that’s more intuitive than deductive at this point, but the most obvious reasons have to do with the next point I made last post, that I need to do more showing as opposed to telling.

If I let Tom tell the story in first person, that’s exactly what he does a lot of the time. He tells the reader what happened yesterday or last week, and he skips over some of the best parts. Now, if I really wanted to, I could probably show a lot of what I need to show and still stick with Tom as the first-person narrator. But I’m still not convinced that that would be the best way to write this story, and I’d be fighting Tom’s inclination to gossip and summarize the whole time. So, I want to try switching things up – telling most of the story from close to his head, (and maybe jumping away to some of the other major characters for a scene when I need to,) but not letting his voice take over.

So, that seems to cover it. I hope that what I typed makes sense, and feel free to post more questions in the comments if you’re so inclined.

And Alex – killing off a favorite character with no warning because you’re not sure how else to end a book is indeed cruel. It also fits in with a great and glorious Nanowrimo tradition. 😉

Switching POV and voice.

August 13, 2010

I started a new fanfic crossover piece in late June, and started working on Chapter Two early in August, after JulNoWriMo was over. This story, ‘A New Mexican Alien in Metropolis,’ is Smallville/Roswell fandoms, and a sequel to a charity auction challenge story that I did last fall, ‘Arrow through my soul.’

For a while, the new story was going great – Michael Guerin had come to Metropolis to start a fight with Oliver Queen, but Oliver wasn’t available, so I was introducing him to Chloe Sullivan, (who he kind of grudgingly tolerated,) Davis Bloom, (who he almost got in a fist-fight with, and then bonded over the graveyard shift life with,) and last of all Lana Lang, and sparks definitely started to fly between Michael and Lana, with much flirting and witty banter going on without my feeling like I had to work at it at all…

Until the dinner at the Italian restaurant started to bog down in sharing of canon trivia between their two universes, so desperately I tried to shift ahead suddenly to a scene with the two of them breaking into Maria’s Metropolis apartment… and that scene absolutely stalled. Sigh.

I switched to another project for a few days, and yesterday it occurred to me that maybe one of the problems with ‘Metropolis’ was that I was writing it in third person, generally following Michael’s perceptions. ‘Arrow’ had been first person POV, with Maria narrating as she travelled into the worlds of Metropolis and Smallville, Kansas, and I think that worked well. So today on the bus I started going through what I’d written for ‘Metropolis’ and changing “Michael” and “he” to “I”, “they” to “us”, and all other pronouns as necessary to make it first person.

In the process, I noticed some interesting things happening, that other changes in wording and phrasing were coming up, because the words that I’d initially used weren’t the ones that Michael would use. (That’s one benefit of writing in a fandom that I’m so familiar with, that the character voices are so natural without my having to come up with them.)

I also ran into a bit of trouble with the very first scene of chapter one, because that was NOT third person limited POV of Michael Guerin. The story actually opens in third person limited POV of Chloe Sullivan, how she runs into this agitated guy outside Oliver Queen’s office, (who turns out to be Michael,) and calms him down a bit. So I suppose I’m going to have to rewrite that one scene much more seriously to get it into Michael’s narration.
Wish me luck with that!

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