Archive | June 2014

Can a cast save the story?

If there’s one thing I love about a story it’s the cast of characters. I always find one character to love regardless of the plot. I know a plot is important to the story, but there has been a question on my mind since I started writing my own stuff. What kind of cast would make a good story? Would an all-female cast make the story better? How about an all-male cast? Would it make a difference? I enjoy cast of different kinds of characters, both male and female, it doesn’t matter to me. I’ve read books that doesn’t have a strong plot, plot is one of my weaknesses as a writer, but the characters are enjoyable. I wonder if characters could save a story. Would the type of characters matter to the storyline? Could characters help save a story if the plot was tanking?

There are some shows that I don’t like, but I love the characters. There are books where I don’t remember the plot very much, but I’ll remember the characters. Once I do, I can remember the books. I don’t know if I should like the characters without liking the book or the show. Then again, if the characters aren’t very good I won’t stay for the plot. I think the characters can change the story, but I don’t think that having an all-male cast or an all-female one would change it very much. It would add different perspective to a story and I’d like to see the way it could change a common story trope.

Do you think characters makes a big impact on a story?


Characters: Who do you like?

One of the things that I do when I start a story is work on the characters. One of the things I’ve noticed is that many of the characters I start with are male. I’ve tried to figure out why that happens, but I haven’t put my finger on it yet. Well, after that I try to figure out the character’s personality. Do I make them a hothead? Do I make them a caring person? When I make character I try to make them different than me, but I put a little part of my personality in some of them. I don’t put it in all my characters or they would second guess many decisions and have to deal with GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) on a daily basis. I have someone who makes decisions off the top of their head without worrying about it and someone else would be selfish, since I’m selfless. I find it fun to write someone who is confident in their field of choice and can keep going when life knocks them down.

It’s the same with my favorite characters. It varies from the very shy girl who never seems to get the hero to a hero that has unconventional means to solve problems. Some of my favorite characters are very different than me, but I guess that’s why I like them so much. They can do things that I would never try or even attempt to do. Except the villains, I couldn’t be a villain, but some villains have views that are understandable. However, it depends on the way the villain acts as a person for me to understand them.

The hothead, the know it all, the shy scientist, the war-hardened solider, there are so many possibilities that I love them all. It makes it hard to choose.

I wonder, what’s your favorite character?

Write what you know, right?

One of the many guidelines of writing is writing about what you know, but I’ve always wondered does that extend to race as well. Could I write about an Irish American family? Would it be wrong of me to write about a Mexican family although I’m African American? Does this extend to gender as well? Many of my protagonists are male, with the exception of a few stories, but do I have to stop writing them because I identify as female?

It’s something that’s been on my mind since my creative writing class I took in high school. I wrote a story that reflected my life and after I read an excerpt of it I was accused of giving an inaccurate depiction of life for a middle class African American family. At the time it surprised me because I followed the guidelines. I wrote about something I knew about, but it wasn’t accepted very well.
Should I have changed it? I wondered if I should have wrote something that others could agree about or write something new so I can have a different perspective on it. Is it possible to write a story where everyone will agree on? I know that writing outside of something you know requires research and there’s still something someone can miss.

One of my biggest questions since I started writing has been is it better to stay in your comfort zone or to branch out?

I do a little bit of both, but I wonder what works better for other writers or bloggers.

If we only had enough time

In one of my favorite classes of the semester we talked about the possibility of more time. What would you do if you had enough time to finish everything? I didn’t know how to answer that. I don’t know what I would do if I had enough time to finish everything. I think there would that one thing that I would forget to do or something that still needed to be done. But I wonder what would happen if there was enough time in the world. Would it be a bad thing? Would it be a good thing?

Would it give us more time to save people or to add more costs? Could we finish college at a reasonable time or would the university use the time to add on more classes? Then again would people want more time? I know there are some days I wish there were more hours in the day, but I wouldn’t know what to do with them.

I would appreciate those hours during school because it feels like I never have enough time to read, do my assignments, and job search in the same day. I would appreciate the extra time when I’m on a roll writing. It always seems that whenever I have a good writing day there’s never enough time for me to finish my chapter before I go to sleep. I don’t know what I would do with the hours when I’m out of school. I think I would spend half the time doing work and the other half procrastinating.

It would be nice to have enough time to finish everything we have to do, but I wonder if we would actually use that time.