The Little People From Start To Finish Part 3
Once the main characters were established along with the setting and circumstances for the story, I then introduced the main villain. I did not want to reveal him right away, but gave hints to let the reader know that he was there.
I tried to build anticipation for who and what he was, what his motives were, and what he was doing. I wanted to slowly reveal what was happening with him.
For me, when I am writing, it is like a movie that is being played in my mind, being continually created by my imagination. I just write what I see there. Sometimes the story flows quickly, but at other times I hit stumbling blocks and have to step back and think about the direction it is going. It isn’t always easy. Sometimes the story doesn’t flow well, or doesn’t make sense so I have to go back and rethink the direction. That, or if I have an idea about an element that I want to add but do not know enough about it to write it properly, I step away so I can rethink the situation or do research to properly explain whatever it is that is happening at that part of the story.
Writing can be very similar to doing design work, illustrating, drawing, painting or many other forms of art. The one difference is that if you make a mistake, you can go in and correct it. In some forms of art, that isn’t always easy to do.
For the length of time that it took to write the first draft, which seemed like a really long time, that is usually only a small part of the whole process. Once the first draft was done, I think I ended up rewriting, changing and adding to it probably at least four or five times.
As the story progressed, I began to try and tie all of the characters together and provide relevant arcs. I wanted to give every character a purpose. An example of this is Adam’s grandparents. Not only do they help provide background information, they also tie in and help bring about important information and pivotal elements that are key to the story. Elements such as Adam’s Native American heritage, the magic necklace and rattle, going to a Native American Pow Wow, buying gifts for his new friends, the villain’s spies following Adam as he spends times with them, etc.
Another element that I built into the story was the progression of time as related to holidays. When I was a child, the assorted holidays were always a time of family, excitement, fun and fellowship. Holidays always mean different things to different people, but for me, especially as a child, it was an important time to be with family.
My father and grandparents always tried to make those times special. Whether it was hunting for candy left by the Bunny at Easter, shooting fireworks on the 4th of July, dressing up and trick-or-treating at Halloween, eating together at Thanksgiving, or opening presents at Christmas, each holiday was spent together and I wanted to share a little of that togetherness in the story.
More in part 4