Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Of Details and Characters and Other Odds and Ends...

Someone once said that the devil is in the details - and I find myself agreeing with them just this once. Currently in the adult story, the hero is entering the theater where he will meet his heroine and I'm finding it a bit hard to balance how much I need to describe about the setting, and the crowd around him. The theater is an old art deco theater from the 1930s that has been lovingly rehabbed by it's new owners. However, the theater is only in the story for the next set of chapters and it doesn't get visited again until the very end of the story. Also, I don't want to go all GRR Martin on my readers and completely loose them (Not that I don't love GRR Martin and A Song of Ice and Fire - I do, but there is just an insane amount of detail in those books!).

After a bit of trial and error, I finally found a good balance, but I'm really looking forward to the next chapter when the dance begins.

Sometimes when I write, I will base characters off of people I know - but I've never run into this conundrum before. In this story there is a character based off of an acquaintance at least physically - in temperament they are two totally different people. In the story, the character is a villain  In real life, the person is actually very nice and sweet. I can't help but wonder what said person will think if they ever read the story and notice the resemblance (which is very highly unlikely because I doubt they would even look at a book like what I'm writing - it's just not their thing) Have you, fellow writers, ever done something like this? Or based a character on someone you know?

On other fronts my husband recently discovered that occasionally I write adult scenes in my stories. He was very shocked by this, and kept looking at me as if he couldn't believe that I would do something like that. He then proceeded to spend the weekend occasionally muttering things like how he couldn't believe his wife writes smut. I still don't know why he was so stunned - yes I may be quite an introvert, but I'm not a prude (not that there's anything wrong with that) and it's not like I'm writing scenes based off or our relationship - however watching him try to process this information about me has been quite entertaining!

The ongoing tax issue is nearly resolved so we're all breathing a bit easier. I'm just waiting for the tax man to take a look at everything and make sure it's all legit and legal before we proceed.

And that's all there is to talk about this week...

Hopefully your words are flowing freely on whatever project you are working on!


  1. I'm not sure I have based a character like that - one persons way of speech I based on someone else but I didnt change him from hero to villen - thats an incredable switch - clever you:) poor husband:( all the best

    1. It's actually really hard sometimes - but said character redeems himself at the end so he's not all bad. Just misguided ;)

      As for my husband he has now moved from being stunned/shocked to teasing the crap out of me about it whenever the opportunity arises. Dork.