The Continuing Sto-o-o-ory of a Quack Who’s Gone to the Sims

I’m of that age, yes, when the Muppet Show was on broadcast television. I’m also of the age when The Sims first came out. My first Sim experience was a disaster, a sad and lonely little digital guy who tended to sit in his bathtub and cry because he had no friends. Moving on.
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The Continuing Saga of a Small Town in Soap Opera Crisis

I found space to shoehorn yet another heroine into the drama-rich landscape, which is what I’ve been doing between my last post and this current one. I’m frustrated by multiple things. The story works in terms of drama, but I am frustrated. I drafted this story, which works until the main character and the romantic interest get to the resolution. It’s not so bad, actually, but it was hard not to simply go with the overdramatic silliness. I even almost tossed in the surprise pregnancy card, which leads to a shotgun wedding and a “twoo wuv” finale.
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The Story Never Remains the Same

I was thinking about Book 19 last night, how to segue the two books, and I got caught up in thinking about the story for 18. Oh, I’ve got oddities galore in this grand soap opera–complete with everything but the classic Soap Opera Coma. Catheters and feeding tubes are not sexy; hair and make-up are. Yes, I do have a series in the pipe which does include a soap opera coma, but it’s explained to the reader–who’s behind the wizard’s curtain with the main characters–despite defying explanation to outsiders. Moving on.
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Birthdays and Backgrounds

When I write, I tend to simply let a story flow.

This means a lot more editing after-the-fact. One of the difficulties is that I will drop a character into a story without any character background. So, I have work to do establishing character backgrounds. Lots of people are organized enough to set up backgrounds for characters beforehand. I wish I could write that way.

On the upside, there are date generators out there, and I have gotten into the habit of tagging dates while I write scenes, so I know when events occur during the first draft of the book. It helps me set my fictional locations into the real world. So, my first project over the next week or so is to list the cast of characters in the books I’ve already written.