Are you sick of this topic yet? Well, tough noogies. This is my blog, dammit. Read it and like it.
Okay, so I may be a collage convert. It’s not going to be for everyone, just like doing Q&A sessions with your characters isn’t for everyone.
But, I’m trying to become a Plantser. Or mabye thats a Plotzer? I’m trying to combine my love for just letting the story come with plotting…It’s not easy, btw. But it’s something I have to learn in order to make a proposal work.
Anyway, I’ve had this new story swirling in my head for a while and the first two chaps came relatively easily, but it’s pretty plot heavy and it really has to be plotted out. My strengths are character and dialogue. This plotting shit is for people who like to plan.
When Barbara talked about the collages opening up her mind and helping her to see her story better, I decided to try it. Honestly, it’s not like I was really wasting time. I wasn’t actually writing and the collaging would at least focus my energy somewhat.
I had nothing to lose.
So, this is what I discovered. I have a very vivid imagination but when it comes to clipping pictures, I’m very literal…Sure, there’s some color and mood setting in my collage, but for the most part, it’s very literal. I found myselfdrawn to words and the emotion they pricked in me. The book will be sexy and even though I’ve known that, I was still surprised at how many evocative pics I clipped.
I am very in tune with my hero. He’s cocky (peacock and mirrors). My heroine, I’m still struggling with. I see her physically, and I understand her motivation, but she’s being very secretive. I’m thinking of just doing a character collage to see what happens. I’ve never been good with the Q&A stuff. Those have never seemed to evoke my imagination or press my characters into opening up.
But maybe the collages will?