Friday, October 19, 2012
EXPLORING THE CRAFT
NaNoWriMo), I find myself researching how to write a Gothic Romance. Why? Because I have never written one before, though I read them voraciously as a teen.
I knew I needed a strong female character, or at the very least a heroine who is able to overcome a frightening situation. I knew I needed a brooding male character. I also thought to bring in another male who might vie for my heroine's affection.
Though I will not be using a gloomy castle, I will set mine in a remote location in a creepy house. I am choosing to have a modern Gothic Romance set in the USA, so I am diverging from the ones I read many years ago.
Still I want to have the same feel that I remember when I used to read the genre. So, I have been researching so that I will know what elements to include. Fortunately, the internet makes this research available at our finger tips. Now that I have collected the information, I will go over it and jot notes into my limited outline. (Remember, I am a pantser, so the fact that I have been able to develop character sketches and a rough idea of what will happen is new for me.) This way I can look at the pseudo-outline to keep me on track for bringing in the elements that I will need for each scene.
My friend and fellow NaNoWriMo'er, Karen Mitchell, has developed a Plotting Chart based on the W Plot that I will be using. This way I will know how many scenes I need per chapter, approximately 8 scenes in each chapter with a total of 10 chapters. (As with everything this is subjective.) It will help me keep things in perspective.
Now I have to find my house that I am setting the story in. So, I will research online to find a perfectly creepy house, hopefully nearby so I can take pictures.
I am looking forward to writing this story.