Sunday, 7 July 2013

Plots, portraits and getting a handle on your characters

Last November I was a mad-eyed participant in Nanowrimo - again.  I used it as a motivator to progress  Banshee, my novel about - guess what? A Banshee.

I LOVE Banshee. It's got something. Unfortunately it also lacked something.  Namely, a well thought out plot.

Doh! Who needs a plot when you have NANOWRIMO to  win? Well, as it turns out, I do.

So, like so many other works, Banshee trailed away at the two thirds point, in a mess and a muddle of too many characters and no direction.

This is odd, as in my working life I'm all about the road-map.  I irritate my colleagues by using the phrase "direction of travel" more often than a politician can use the phrase "shovel-ready".  My mantra is always, if you don't know where you're going, how do you know you're walking in the right direction?