Multiple Personality Disorder, Or My Recipe For Success by Gina Fluharty
It’s NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as November if you live in the real world instead of your head. NaNoWriMo is something I’ve never tried and probably never will. It’s too much like having a gun pointed at my head and I prefer the Bouncing Betty wired under my chair. But for a lot of people, NaNoWriMo is how they get words on the page and maintain accountability.
Not me. Once I know where I’m going, I can get there just fine. Some of you may notice that I’m using out dated terminology in my title. That’s ’cause I like to kick it old school. Trust me, the bitches in my head prefer it that way and I cater to them as much as possible. The logical one likes to shriek at me that if we don’t have a map, we’ll just chase ourselves in circles. The chill babe drawls out that it’s all about the journey. I usually duct tape them together and shake them until we agree on one very salient point: It’s all about the story and we have to write one. Then we all take a drink and grab some writing implements.
Now what? I like to build a world around my characters first. I need me some rules for them to follow or break into sharp painful bits while they crash through beautifully terrifying scenery on their way to success. Once that starts to wail like a banshee in need of a soul to devour, I figure out how to ruin my heroine’s life. That’s the first plot point. I use the same tool as C. Morgan, Michael Hague’s Six Point Plot Structure. If you don’t know it, give it a look. It’s been an enormous help in figuring out how to write a coherent novel. After that, it’s all about how to make my character’s lives absolute hell so they can appreciate the gift that love truly is by the end. For me, it’s all about the Happily Ever After. But you have to earn it.
How about you? Do you like happy, sassy? Dark and angsty? What makes you continue to put words on the page?