I’ve just posted the latest update to Alayne’s Story over on the WoW RP forum. This week’s update takes us through the battles between Therazane and the Twilight’s Hammer that wrap up the Deepholm arc (except for the final push into the Stonecore).
I’m about three-quarters of the way through the Twilight Highlands arc now and am fairly confident that, barring major real life issues, everything will be on track for a while.
And now, back to work!
I’ve just posted the latest update to Alayne’s Story over on the WoW RP forum. This week’s update kicks off the Therazane part of the Deepholm arc.
I’m slowly falling behind on working on Alayne’s Story due to the other projects I’m dealing with. However, I am going to try to spend some time this weekend getting back on track with it. I should be able to finish up most of the Twilight Highlands’ arc and then move into the raids.
And, speaking of raids: I hate Firelands. I hate it.
Back to work!
I’ve just posted the latest update to Alayne’s Story over on the WoW RP forum. This week’s update takes the characters through the Stonehearth quest-line and leads up to the confrontation with the Stonemother’s brood.
I’m still slogging my way through Twilight Highlands and am looking forward to getting the BWD and BoT raid content written up. The Uldum arc is going to be my interlude after I finish up with the current action in-game. And, my guild is still working its way through Firelands. We’ve got an absolutely insane tactic to use for Shannox and I’m hoping to down him tonight and get Beth or Rhylo down as well.
And now, back to work!
Every story ever written boils down to the same basic concept: One actor struggles against another actor. It can be characters, events, countries, castes, concepts, ideas…but all stories are the stories of a struggle. Most deal with the struggles of individual characters so that is what I’m going to talk about here.
Characters have personality, pasts, preferences, hopes, and motivations. If they lack any of these things, they are less-complete as characters. If you’ve ever heard of “one dimensional characters,” then you have heard of a character who lacks one (or more) of the above traits. For example, in many stories written by young authors, characters lack the necessary traits to make them have depth and believability. The trait I’m going to focus on here is the trait most often looked over: motivation.
Why do characters make the choices they make? Why do they go the directions they go? What drives them? These are the questions you ask when you try to uncover a character’s motivation. Now, this is easily enough done for protagonists (usually “the good guys”) but what about the bad guys? Nothing irks me more than to read a story where the bad guy does things because…he’s the bad guy. Villains require motivation just as much, if not more, as heroes. After all, in the villain’s mind, what he’s doing is the right thing and the hero is wrong to oppose him.
I’m currently working on the first draft of the sequel to Twilight of Lanar’ya and the entire first part deals solely with the motivations of the villains. It explains why they feel the way they do. It explains the events of the first book from their point of view. They’re after something and they’ll stop at nothing to get it. However, in their minds, they are completely right to want this thing. And, the price that must be paid to gain it is acceptable. Tragic, but acceptable. They do not reveal in their enemies’ downfalls. Instead, they view their enemies with a mixture of pity, contempt, and anger. After all, if those fools would just broaden their horizons a bit and try to understand things instead of dogmatically accepting what they were taught, the villains would have no need to fight them.
It’s really interesting to get in the mind of a person who is utterly ruthless and will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. Interesting villains often bring more to the story than the most interesting hero. After all, heroes are easy for anyone to understand. Getting readers to identify with and understand the villain enough to sympathize with him…even while he’s being a sadistic son of a bitch…that is something I wish more writers would experiment with. It’s something I hope I’m moderately successful in pulling off with this series.
And now, to sleep so I can proofread Twilight of Lanar’ya tomorrow and decide if the second draft is complete or not.
I’ve just posted the latest update to Alayne’s Story over on the WoW RP forum. This week’s update involves the retrieval of the first World Pillar fragment and introduces the Stone Dwarves.
I’m fairly happy with the way the Deepholm arc turned out overall. I’m mid-way through the Twilight’s Highland arc and have reworked substantial bits of the later outline to include the information from the new patch. My guild finally got 12/12 and will probably start working on getting 13/13 and 7/7 T12 in the next few weeks. We still have several people who need to get one of the end bosses for their Defender titles. However, I’m loving zipping around on my Dark Phoenix. It’s awesome.
And now, back to work!
Or, at least I think it is. Yes, I’ve finished the second draft of Twilight of Lanar’ya. I just got it printed out today (thanks to my ex-husband/best friend). I’m going to start reading the hard copy this weekend and give myself a little break from it.
I’m really optimistic about this series. This is the third or fourth novel I’ve written in my life (I don’t really want to count the first one I wrote when I was 19 because…ugh…it sucks). There’s just something about the setting and the characters that I think is stronger than in my previous novels. I feel like this project has congealed a lot better than previous efforts and that I have something salable.
Now I just have to get it perfect and then convince an agent and a publisher of that.
I’ve just posted the latest update to Alayne’s Story over on the WoW RP forum. This week gets us deeper into the Deepholm arc.
I’ve finished the first draft of Twilight of Lanar’ya and am now working on the second draft. I needed to give it a few days to sit before I started reading back over it and seeing where I had missed things or where things could be improved. I’m going to get a status bar for that put up soon but judging progression on a second draft is harder than on a first so the bar may not be 100% accurate at all times. It will be more of a “gut instinct” feeling on how much more revision I’ll do before I consider the second draft complete.
And, still working on the job situation. I’ve been sending out CVs left and right.
Anyhow, back to work!