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Sheepadoodles and Combining Characters

Have you ever heard of a sheepadoodle? It’s a cross between an Old English sheepdog and a poodle. They look like this:

Despite my love of dogs, I have never heard of this dog hybrid before Rachel mentioned that the new family she’s going to be babysitting is going to get a sheepadoodle puppy. It’s a cross that I never would have thought of.

In a wayward way, it kind of reminded me of the more recent revelation I had with one of my WIPs. There’s a character that I had planned but, after scribbling down a very rough outline, realized that I probably had no use for her. Her bigger role was combined with another character’s to give him a bit more to do and to make the plot a little more difficult for the rest of the cast of main characters.

When writing, usually you would just write down everything you know about the story, make the document or notebook pages a word vomit of the story you want to tell. In later drafts, cutting out or combining characters is something that comes from editing.

In one way, I feel as if I’m a step ahead upon realizing this character is not needed, at least not for the bigger role I had originally planned for her. On the other hand, it is a little sad to already get rid of a character that I feel I haven’t known for too long.

We’ll see what happens with the rest of the first draft.

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Posted by on August 30, 2018 in Home

 

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Scribble: Carried Away

This is the current novel idea that is nibbling at my mind. Originally this idea was of two separate novels, but neither novel alone had enough ideas/scenes to sustain it, so I combined the two. This is a short little excerpt of the main characters’ first meeting.

He placed the cloak on a rack by the fire, intending to keep his word about warming the material up. Turning back to the woman, he averted his eyes so as not to stare at her silver dress hugging every one of her curves. His gaze traveled toward the floor, and he blurted out, “Are you aware you only have one shoe?”

She sighed and wrapped her arms around herself. “Yes.”

“I shall find you a spare set,” he said, making himself busy by the closet at the other end of the room, “but I can already see that your feet are much smaller than mine. It’s hard not to be, of course, with my size–”

“What is your name?” she asked.

“I am Elond,” he said, returning to her side with a pair of boots. He glanced between the footwear and her feet, and mused how both of her feet could fit in one of his shoes.

She interrupted his thoughts by saying, “I am Ilana. Thank you for being so kind to me.”

…I just really like the shoe bit.

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2013 in Scribbles

 

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