marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

to say nothing of the dog

I forgot the dog. . . .

I had planned to use a dog in one scene to create the plot twist in a group of characters too wise to the ways of fairy tales to do it themselves. But I didn't plant the dog in the earlier scenes. . . .

Perhaps it will be a traveling dog. With a juggler or other entertainer. That will get rid of it -- except that I think I may need to plant it in another fairy tale. There being few traveling dogs, I think I shall have to opt for one of the traveling entertainers and splice on a dog.

And then we'll see. I was working earlier on a section, and the muse helpfully said that I needed to throw in a fairy tale -- not, of course, which one -- but once I worked it in and threw it in, thinking it was throw away, the muse explained how it fit the villains' plots.

Meanwhile the characters are differentiating themselves in how hopeful they are, and their manners of it. Which will take some careful drawing. And their purposes are pretty uniform: defeat the villains so they can live in peace; protect others from the plots; rescue the plots' victims, if they can. They differ in whom they want to protect most, and to rescue, and one wants revenge on the villains for a victim who can't be rescued, but when you get targeted by the bad guys you have little choice in purposes.

More work needed!  
Tags: fairy tales (retelling), orchestrating characters, plot devices, plot twist

  • ages of history

    So, once upon a time, there were evil wizards making everyone miserable. Some of the more minor wizards banded together and took over and made…

  • down the years

    Ah, the bildungsroman! I know the years ahead. I know many events that will happen in them. I even know that some will happen before others! It's…

  • so that's the problem

    figuring out the weakness of the opening: it's two scenes, and the first is mostly info-dumping. It should start in the forest, talking about…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded