As I stated in a recent blog my current Work In Progress centers around a person who does some really bad things. The story basically consists of his POV, the POV of a cop, and then littered throughout is the story are flashbacks of how the main character came to be this way.
Now I started writing the POV of the main character and kept running into roadblocks. As my prior blog touched on I struggled with making sure he didn’t come off as merely a psychopath, but have more layers and hopefully even be sympathetic. Well after a lot of struggling I decided to take some time and begin writing the flashback sequences and that is when I found, THE HEART.
I have a basic outline of what happens in the story and who the main character is, but as anyone knows things “evolve” as you write them. I was trying to write a character I didn’t fully understand. The flashbacks changed from simply being about the trying times of his life to also encompassing the normal times as well. You can’t understand what someone has lost if you don’t know what they had. So naturally you can’t say what someone will become because of these losses if you don’t show how they have changed his life.
Suddenly I have begun to better understand the character and can have him drive the story to where it needs to go, instead of simply trying to force it where I want it to go.
Hopefully this is understandable and doesn’t just come off as the ramblings of a madman. Basically I guess the point I am trying to make is that today I learned that a story is usually better told from the beginning. Who’da thunk it?