As far as my WiP, I've finally figured out who the real bad guy is. Can I get a "Woot! Woot!"?
While we're on this note of stewing on bad guys, I want to talk about all the behind-the-scenes stuff it takes for me to actually write. I'm not one of those people that just knows what's going to happen. I don't like to outline or plan too far ahead. I want the characters I'm envisioning to come alive, tell me what their problems are, what they're struggling with, and then help me figure out a way out of their problems.
To do this, I'm constantly tossing ingredients into the Stewage Pot. What if this girl likes that guy? (potatoes) What if he is a ghost too? (carrots) What if the rift isn't working? (onions) Why wouldn't it be working? (okay, get those onions outta there. They're stinking everything up.) What if his teacher knows more than he's let on? (shallots) What if the teacher is a ghost too? (yes, the shallots are nice in this Pot. Very nice.)
I could go on, but you get the idea.
Writing requires a lot of stewage. Brain time. So this past week, I've really been trying to pin down who the villain is. Every spare moment I had, from emptying the dishwasher to waiting at a red light, I've been thinking about it. And I've created a couple of characters that are not on Santa's Nice List, so it could have been either one. For me, it came down to their motivations.
One of my potential bad guys was my protag's dad. And he just didn't have the motive. And you wanna know how I finally came to the conclusion that motive matters? Watching Law & Order. Yup. Once again, an aspiring novelists questions can be answered with TV. In Law & Order, the cops work hard to establish motive for a crime. Villains need motive too. And my protag's dad had no motive to hurt his own son. So he got the ax on my List of Potential Bad Guys.
And then there was one.
Now pinning down his motive will be a bit tricksy, but I know I can do it. There are a plethora of red lights I have to stop at everyday. Lots of dishes. Laundry. And TV. Ah, yes. It may take major brain cells, but I'll figure it out. After all, I like Plot Stewage a lot more than Character Stewage. It's a different spice, you see.
How's your WiP going this week? How many ingredients have you added to the Stewage Pot?