Monday, September 27, 2010
Predictability and Plausibility
Last night, I was still trying to come up with a plausible reason for Dakheel to lash out, in Deadly Paradise. This is not the beginning of story, but it's what sparked my interest to create Dak's story. I asked a dozen male FB friends what they thought would set a man off, other than cheating. I was very surprised by the response. Almost all of them replied lies and/or secrets.
So, today I sat down and began working on my plot outline. I usually start with a general idea of my character. Then I troll the Internet until I find an image that brings that character to life for me. I was pleased with the image that I came up with for Dakheel. (Even though the model is Indian and not Algerian, he had the look I was going for.) Elisa is still an vague image in my head. I'm starting to see her character, but her face still eludes me. All I do know is that she is going to screw up big time, probably with a lie of omission.
I decided on Huntsville and Nassau, as primary settings, because I am familiar with both of those locales, and wouldn't have to waste time with a lot of pre-writing research. Also, there are some social issues, I would like to explore.
Then, I usually work on my bad guy. In this case, I wanted him to be smooth and not necessarily evil, but definitely self-centered. Think I've come up with a character I am going to love to hate.
I made it to Chapter 6 in my outline, before life got in the way. I know how this is going to end...just not sure of the journey.