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My Canarian Hero
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Having ignored him for several days due to life's interference with the things I most enjoy, I once again turned my attention to my drop-dead gorgeous Canarian hero.

The more I get to know this guy, the more I like him. In fact, if the heroine of the story had been me instead of Sherry, I'm sure I would have fallen in love with him myself.

He may be filthy rich and terribly successful but that doesn't mean he has it easy. His ex is the bitch from hell, his daughter's fast following in her footsteps and neither of them are the least bit happy with the situation and will do whatever's necessary to ruin the story long before my planned ending.

Because the third character--my hero's ex--is so different to the two main characters, I'm having a lot of fun with her. Obviously, she doesn't feature anywhere near as much as my hero and his lovely heroine but her very existence is central to how the story evolves, so she's there, spitting and clawing her way into my thoughts, the whole time. And she doesn't like me one bit!

There's absolutely not doubt that I much prefer writing character driven stories as opposed to plot driven stories. Obviously, that doesn't mean my story has no plot--it wouldn't be a story if that were the case--but the plot is secondary to the characters; it's they who will ultimately (hopefully) keep the reader turning the pages.

And speaking of which, I now have 84. That's 16,806 words, of which 1,468 were written today. According to the flesch scale, as the story now stands it's suitable for 5th graders, which would be UK year 6--or 10 year olds. Sounds like I'm writing a "Ladybird" book, but that's actually just about right for a story with plenty of dialogue. There's more about this on Kate Hardy's blog.

Posted by Sharon J on 6:31 PM   


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