Monday, May 7, 2012

Dust it Off Blog Hop--Day 3

Theresa Paolo and Courtney Pearson are hosting this blogfest. Here is the idea:

We've all had those manuscripts that we poured our heart into, fell in love with the characters and still think of them at random, but unfortunately had to shelf. Now it's time for a little spring cleaning. Take out those manuscripts and Dust It Off!

The third day, May 7th: Post what you learned from this WIP. You become a stronger, more rounded writer which each manuscript and we want to know what this particular work taught you. 

I've been sharing my Nanowrimo 2009 WIP Draguman. This novel will always hold a special place in my heart for two reasons:

1. As the second completed novel, it proved that I could do this writing thing. That first novel wasn't an accident. After Draguman, I knew that I could sit down and write a novel if I wanted to because I'd done it twice.

2. It helped me understand the history of this world I had created. I knew going into Draguman that it would all be back story, but I like back story. I need to understand all the characters on multiple levels in order to write about them. As I went through the creation, education, presentation and rejection of these creatures from my mind, I began to understand their pain. It is that pain that motivated them to do all that they did.

The rest of this novel covers years on a planet named Demaria where they were exiled by the dragons. Here they suffered through slavery and learned how to give in to their anger and hurt. This propels them across the galaxy leaving pain and death in their wake until they once more return to Sendek. That's where Talia's story begins.

The problem with this novel? It made me feel too much sympathy for my antagonists. They aren't as mean and nasty as they should be, but hopefully my editor will help me there. ;)

Have you ever done that? Liked your antag so much you didn't want anyone else to hate them?