Guys guys guys! I am FREAKING out about how much I’m realizing about a central character right now whom I’ve been working on for years! The stuff that’s in Corey’s head is so… just… wow.
I’m so glad I have Noey to read bits and pieces of what I’m coming up with. I’m almost certain it’s having the kind of effect I want, which is something along the lines of:
“oh shit. omg. that. nggggh. akdjskfjskfh” - Noey
Summer harvests the gentle morning,
walking like a wild woman
would through the wet concrete.
Copyright 2013 Devyn Jett
I off-handedly pulled down one of my near empty journals that I’d started several months ago for my CoreyxRiggs story. It says “WRITE DOWN YOUR IDEAS” so that’s what I had decided to do.
I’ve written nearly three pages today (it’s tiny though) and I’m making myself ask questions of characters that may not ever be answered in the book. I’m attempting to answer those questions that readers don’t necessarily ask or see the answers to, and it’s leading me to pretty cool places.
The fact that I’m questioning the origins of Corey’s mother’s and father’s story when it was never central to her story before is something I haven’t ever done. What was her mom’s relationship with Corey’s father? Why was her mom’s death seen as accidental suicide? Was her mom unhappy, and if so, why? What exactly does Corey hate about her father? When does he realize pushing Corey away was a mistake? What makes him realize this? How does he try to “redeem” himself in her eyes? Why does Corey make that practically impossible?
And that brought me to how I’d like to stylistically cap off the story. Little details that probably wouldn’t seem important if I never mentioned them to anyone.
When answering what Corey means to me, I found myself really digging into her character in a way I’d never really been interesting in doing before. Finding her weaknesses and poking them with a stick. Where does she draw her strength from? And that’s the kicker really, because it all came back full circle when I realized exactly why I had written Tam dying. I knew that he needed to, but I didn’t know why it was necessary until now. And it’s a really good feeling to have finally figured that out.