Thanksgiving aftermath

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving vacation.  Some of you are still on their vacation.  I pray that traveling has been smooth and that the reunions have been fruitful.  News here is that my class in “Fiction” ended and a new class -Screenwriting – is started. My Fiction instructor wasn’t real bowled over the revisions I made to the Mike Oates character.  Seems that Mike is too “human” maybe, or needs to be schooled into the mold of being a “psychopath”.  My aim for this story is for the character Mike Oates to find or receive redemption.  However, it seems there are other heroes or anti-heroes that fit Mike Oate’s mold, like that Ripley character in Patricia Highsmith’s series about Tom Ripley.  So I’m feeling a bit at a loss how to portray Mike Oates now. Is it something that is a no go for pursuing this story? My classmates seemed to (most of them anyway) accept the character as they saw him.  Given that I only gave two chapters for them to critique, it makes me think that I ought to go forward with the story and see if anybody that will review it will accept what happens.

The other thing that I learned from my instructor is that characters “tell their story”.  We, as their creators, unfold them as we write about their story.  So, if that is true, going forward with Mike Oates’ story is the path to take.  I will accept some of the advice that my instructor provided and try this as an experiment.  That is, to go on with the way it is writing itself, and then if Mike Oates is truly unworthy of redemption, then so be it.  It’s very interesting how the concept of Characters write their way into your story.  Does anyone agree with this?  How did it go for you?  Did your audience accept them? Or is the audience some other entity that’s not as important to your oeuvre?

So I go forward and with some care move into getting this novel/book to its end.  There will be many revisions, of course, which are the pain of writing.  Have a blessed week!

Four Down

Breakneck speed – finished my class in Creative Fiction Seminar. Very nice experience working with about 26 students like me.  Our Professor was quite good and she had a lot of patience with us, guiding us and giving good advice as we went along.  I had a glitch last Friday where I needed to upload two documents and I uploaded one before realizing I needed the second one done and I had already exited the submission entry site.  Frantic calls to tech support garnered me the hope to email our professor and she was so good to help out.  I must say if she gave me a lower grade due to my dullwittedness, that is ok with me.  But I’m hoping she will continue to be happy with my work and she will award me a good grade.

I think out of it all, I learned to revise my story excerpt.  I think revisions are murderous on one’s creative ego, brought about by the constructive and some unconstructive critiques received.  However, my classmates have been overall glad to help and appreciated the story/plot.  Some wanted me to send it to Harlequin Romances.  Not sure about that yet.  I am reaching for the stars here, so not too eager to send to the least possible resistant literary agent.

I had to do some work on the main character.  Is he a pyschopath or someone who just had way too much stress and made the wrong move?  A fatal move? Or was it a fatality at all?  Interesting how sometimes a change to the dialogue can really make a difference in the overall effect of the story.  The loveable resident of my excerpt – he’s sort of a darling of mine – you know, you hate to kill them off, or blot them with inkstains.  I’m still rooting for him to get out of the hole I put him into.  Can an author do this?  How does one save the hero?

Happy Thanksgiving all.  I’m hunkering down to a Screenwriting class where I need to watch Thelma and Louise, read five chapters, send in three loglines and describe them all before Turkey dinner.  Good luck to me!  XOXO