I’ve struggled these past few weeks to top over 2,000 words. I got close this week, but still didn’t make it.
Book of M:
- Background Notes Wordcount: 1,804 words
Grand Total: 1,804 words
On the plus side, however, where last week I had begun writing, at last, the history of the pivotal war responsible for the milieu of the present-day setting, this week I finished writing the war and got about half-way through the aftermath and remaining history before the start of the story itself. Another week, two at most, and I should have a complete historical account, insofar as can even remotely be considered relevant to the story at hand. My next steps, after finishing this history, is character briefs and related notes and plot outline/synopsis.
The character notes and the plot synopsis I’ll probably develop in parallel, because the course of the plot will depend a lot on the characters and the development of the characters will depend a lot on the events of the plot. In many ways, I guess, I see plot and character as equal in importance and co-dependent: you can’t have one without the other. Plot grows out of conflict between characters, but characters grow and develop based on circumstances and events of the plot. Done well, and the two feed on each other in a cycle.
I’ve considered the history important, meanwhile, because it sets the stage for who the characters are before we are introduced to them.
Now, in a semi-related, semi-off-topic line of thinking… bear with me as I switch gears slightly.
Since I first described my current novel project as “Mad Max meets Final Fantasy” (though I’ve since learned not to lean on the “Final Fantasy” description because – I was told this by Robert Jordan‘s widow Harriet McDougal and author Brandon Sanderson – some, perhaps many editors are old and consequently don’t play many video games and therefore may never have heard of “Final Fantasy”; but I digress) I’ve come to think of my novel as, in a very small way, part homage to the Final Fantasy series. Sufficiently enough that where there is an airship in the story (I do also call it “steampunk-flavored”, ergo airships), I plan to name the captain of said airship some variant of “Sid/Cid” (although altered to fit the linguistic structure of the place he comes from in the story).
But as I was thinking about this, another thought crossed my mind: in Final Fantasy games summoning is always an important part of the magic system, and there are a few monster-characters that are always available for summoning, such as “Ifrit” and “Bahamut” and a few others. And so I wondered: how far do I take this homage concept? Do I want to change up the magic system just a little to include summoning? Do I want large flightless birds to be a common form of transportation? Or does this sort of thing cross the line from homage to… I don’t know, either plagiarism or stultifying derivativeness?
Either way, I hadn’t considered the flightless bird issue until just now, writing this, but I had seriously considered adding some sort of “summoning” element to the magic system (however, avoiding the common summon creatures of Final Fantasy history). But… what do you think, dear reader? Would these sorts of little touches in a book be like interesting inside jokes to you – something that adds depth and flavor and character to a book, and makes it special – or would it seem like the author was trying to hard? Do share your thoughts.
And while your sharing your thoughts on that subject, why don’t you let us know how your writing week went, as well?