I’m trying inspire some enthusiasm this morning. I’m tired–my day job seems overwhelming at times–and yet through it all I do continue to write (though not as much on the blog as I’d like!) Yesterday I actually sent some material to my writing mentor. The draft of the new novella seems to be falling into place–though I’m at a place where I need to be doing some more brainstorming for the next scenes and quite frankly I don’t have the energy/focus. And one thing I can do today is some more work on my day job– which should to clear off a morning next week when I will have more energy. And I’m aware that’s not enough. I want to something with my writing this morning. But what?
Possibly–by re-reading what I have so far, and rekindling an enthusiasm for the characters. It’s a fantasy/humorous novella which begins with the protagonist, Connie seeking to escape into her fantasy world of 17th century Agincout when her work world–especially–is just too much.
Her hero is a Cyrano DeBergerac-type character, the noble Xavier who–despite his ugly scars and crooked nose– “radiates integrity, passion, a life live in grand gestures.” And when Connie enters Xavier’s world, she finds that in many ways, she doesn’t really fit. And so when the villain LeBlanc offeres Xavier a place in his entourage, Xavier explodes, thrusting his sword forward, and declaring: ” Never! My words, my soul polluted, destroyed by your filthy touch!”
Connie’s response is to want take him aside, and suggest a “simple no ” would do, adding: “He’s got you in his power when you let him get to you like that. Maybe you should look at what’s going on with you here…” Which she doesn’t of course do.
And then there’s LeBlanc, the villian. Julie, my writing mentor, suggested that he show some vulnerability. So I have him coming from a mythical background that’s really a sham. And then I decided his counterpart, Morgana, is in reality his much younger sister, who not only knows the truth of where they both come from, but also chose to use whatever gifts she has in the opposite way. She, too, ends up in Agincourt. When the war cry rings throughout Agincourt–they need to destroy the neighbouring city state of Guia, Morgana travels to Guia and discovers that– despite the seemingly bizarre differences– the Guians are human beings, too. When she wants Agincourt to be open to – at least–talking with the Guians, she’s immediately banded as a traitor, as someone on the Guian side in their attempt to destroy Agincourt. Fearing for her life, she flees to the forest–from which her voice is often heard–coming on the wind.
Indeed, when Connie first goes into the Agincourt world, she finds herself in Morgana’s woods. As a woman wandering there, she’s considered fair game–even a traitor–and so is attacked by LeBlanc’s henchmen including Prince Rainier. After he takes her under his protection, Xavier actually assures all that Connie won’t be wandering in Morgana’s woods again. Something that Connie isn’t sure about. She’s not used to being told what to do, of course. Plus there’s something about Morgana’s “call” that beckons her to respond.
And finally there’s the Trickster character, Panache. The Trickster character is an exaggerated variation of the hero (in this case Xavier) who allows Connie (and later the other characters) to travel between the fantasy/real worlds. Panache is much more of a character than ACC–the Trickster character in “Passionate Hero”. He actually appears as one of the characters in the fantasy word introducing himself as Panache, “though his slicked back hair, his untidy bulk , his double chin and missing tooth — hardly suggest that.” He slurs, and his knowledge of what Connie has put down in her diary–something she’s never told anyone else–seems to be a mystery to him as well.
Right now, the Panache character seems more real to me than the Xavier one. And of course, that’s something I want to balance out–when in the next section, Connie re-enters the world of Agincourt once more.
I feel a lot more enthusiasm in my writing. And I trust this is being helpful to you…giving you some ideas of how you could recapture your enthusiasm when it’s hard to find…
Thanks for reading