So last week I began to create a tentative “Bible” for the world of the novel. It wasn’t much, I just put down on paper some of the ideas floating in my head and fairly hastily sketched out the ideas for the world that I needed to know such as the history, important people, and the important institutions of the world. Again, nothing major, but all of it is helping me to refine my process of thinking about the larger world and Skye’s relationship within it.
This week, while I finally have decided on how Skye should look, I still don’t have a clear handle on her personality, so the consultant and I decided I should write a scene with her in it. I know next week is going to be hectic for me so I actually wrote out the scene write after I the session. I’m not sure that it accomplishes my goal. It is an action scene, so it has Skye doing a lot of things and being clever, but she doesn’t really say a whole lot, nor does she really emote.
I think I’m going to have to try to find time to write a non-action scene that is heavy with dialogue as well to see what that looks like. I can’t seem to find the emotional resonance with her character. I’ll see what the response is next week, but I think the action scene doesn’t show enough of Skye’s emotions or feelings to really give an indication of who she is and how she acts in real life. I really need to know more about her personality and what makes her tick in order to do this story correctly.
EDIT: While search for a heading image for this blog post, I came across this interesting Infographic about 5 ways to write a scene. Considering that Infographics was one of the “genres” that I taught this semester, I thought it only appropriate to include one in my blog post–also, since I’m still having issues, maybe if I try writing a scene in each of the 5 “ways” that the graphic suggests, maybe by the end of the process, I’ll have a better understanding of Skye’s personality and who she is as character and person.