|Letting The Haunting Steep...|
You already know that The Haunting: a Webserial of Pre-Chaos came to you in a from-the-cauldron-to-the-mouth kind of fashion. There was no measuring of ingredients, no prettying up of tables, in fact, you didn’t even get plates. I concocted the tale and fed it to you while it was still in the pot. Now I have to use my available condiments to make the revised story tastier.
What I described above is not my preferred method for creating stories. My process tends to lean towards the following pattern (I often deviate from it, but not much):
1. Character – Physical & psychological traits, desires, weaknesses & strengths, relationships…
2. Conflict – Protagonist’s desires and who/what keeps him/her from getting them
3. Loose Plot – Main conflict, a few complications, setting… (worldbuilding for urban fantasy)
4. Write – Put rear to chair (in my case, to mattress—I work in bed) and write (5-7 hours per day)
5. Let the Tale Steep – As long as I need to (or am able to) in order to reread it with fresh eyes
6. Reread – “Oh, the horror!” Kill cliché galore, m’Luvs (wait ‘til I tell you about “quivering thighs”)
7. Revise – Identify the useless and slaughter it. Find the worthy and polish it. Move on ;-)
8. Rewrite – More polishing, reordering of scenes (if needed), fill holes, correct inconsistencies…
9. Let Others Read the Tale – I have really good friends who love reading and talking about it
10. Repeat Steps 5 to 9 as Needed (or as able) – This step is usually murdered by deadlines ;-(
Now that I must do all of the above a bit backwards, I have a lot of extra work ahead of me. One of the reasons why I draft character profiles before writing a story is because knowing the people gives me an idea of how they might react in a particular situation. When I first imagined Luna Bravo, I thought she would go through Pre-Chaos shooting and slashing until she got results. After writing her a bit, I’m not so sure Luna is that type of person. I know she’ll slaughterer someone if she has to, but not for the reasons I believed. I have to go back and revise her tone, moods… maybe her relationship with weapons.
Let me tell about Leo Drake… oh, my Wicked Darlings, that ciguapa just sneaked up on me. Luna was not even supposed to have a lover! Now, I have a mated pair in a story that was not meant to have a lot of romance. So what’s a Wicked Writer to do? Write on, of course. And revise… I could also kill Leo off during the rewrites. What do you think? *wicked grin while holding murderous fingertips over keyboard*
Anyhoo, The Haunting will simmer until after October 31st. I’m currently working on another AlmaMia Cienfuegos short story, which I thought I would publish around October 13th, 2012, but I’m not so sure anymore. I feel that what I just wrote would be perfect for the beginning of Dancing on Her Bones. I might just add it to the full length manuscript. What do you think, my Wicked Luvs? Would that decision make you too upset? I would, of course, give you something else to nibble on while you wait ;-)