May 7, 2015
I’m two weeks too late. I know. I’m sorry. Now I can share why I took two months from writing my novel.
My past March is part of the reason for the long break. Several episodes of hurtful memories from high school and, most recently, my final two years in college also led to my writer’s block. Ironically some of those memories are part of my reason for the novel.
I guess I’ve found out the hard way how authors can hurt themselves when they put so much of themselves into their stories. Here is a list of general subjects my story’s characters will deal with:
♥ Insecurity with body image
♥ Interracial relationships
All of the issues stated above are as much important to my characters as much as they are to me. The way the story tells of the character’s hardships are based on my personal experiences. Now that I’ve found it hard dealing with my own real-life memories of the past, I will most definitely modify some of my character’s experiences. The trick is preserving my author’s licence of evoking a conversation on the difficult issues above that millions of people face each day.
Furthermore, I want to share about some other issues I’ve been dealing with in writing this story:
Eleanor is the main love interest of Arlan, who is another main character in my novel. They will have a future together.
The hardest thing has been creating Eleanor. Actually, the truth is creating Eleanor was easy. I just based her off of several people I’ve encountered in real life. The most difficult thing has been molding her into a person without her becoming a facsimile. (I’m pretty sure several real people I’ve based the character on would not approve of such a fantasy.)
To ensure that I didn’t simply copy a real person, I gave Eleanor some unique characteristics. The most obvious is that she is half Japanese and Russian with an average body type. Another difference is that she plays the tenor and soprano saxophones, even though she was classically trained to play the flute and clarinet for orchestral compositions. I also made her relatively reserved and diffident but very mature for her age, in contrast to a few outgoing people I encountered.
Another difficult task has been creating supporting characters that interact with Arlan and Eleanor. So far, I have developed the following characters who have important roles in the story:
She is based off another real person. The big difference is that she can foresee future events and also recall flashbacks of people’s past experiences. She has all of this ability while being blind.
Ash becomes a good friend to Eleanor, and she also grows as a very influential character in my novel.
I can say that Elden is just as much influential as Ashlynn. Although he has been marred because of a costly mistake in his past, he is chosen to be a mentor and colleague for Arlan.
Later on, Eleanor discovers that Elden may not be who (or what) everyone thought he said he was.
More Than A Love Story
The final thing I will share is my difficult task of trying to make this novel more than a love story between Arlan and Eleanor. Arlan and Eleanor were destined to arrive to another realm of reality so that they become patriarchs from the ashes of two races of people. I can share that this realm contains a society where four races exist — two of them being more supernatural (of which Arlan and Eleanor learn they are offspring, respectively), the third being more human-like, the fourth are humans taken to this realm by abduction. What happens is that the two more powerful races warred against each other after eons of peace. A demi-god-like villain takes advantage of this war, seeking total power. Arlan, Eleanor, and their friends have to stop the villain. Then, Arlan and Eleanor bridge the gap between their peoples in the end — The End.