I was blogging about opening lines the other day, and I was looking for examples. The opening to American Gods is neither flashy nor something that will grab the reader in the sense of a potboiler line, but it's quite effective. I'd be interested in learning why.
It wasn't a good example for the blog post - I was looking for simpler examples - but it got me thinking.
Well that's just it. I have been making it up as I went. Now I have a plate of spaghetti to put back in the package. :P Have been going back and organizing things. Really been working on defining my characters recently.
I tend to see things like a movie director. I have a lot of compelling scenes, but tying them together has been challenging. I am finally starting to get the in betweens filled in. Hmm. Something cool. Well I'm making my own mythology for the background based on elemental deities. lol
Main character is a young military leader. There is a new evil to confront, he goes and fights, discovers theres more to himself than he knew. Gathers companions, and quests to defeat true evil. sort of standard fantasy stuff, really. It's the world and characters that are most impressive to me.
The working-on one is about a simulated reality game that's been left on for generations. The characters know they're simulated, not real - and their society's formed around these unusual circumstances.
I can send the detective off in different directions... and let the reader find out what each double does... and then have the perfect justification for the detective putting everything together all at once!
Problem with the first one is, even though I've got very clear setting and characters, my sequence isn't gelling into something coherent and whole. I've mostly got a bunch of characters yelling at each other.
And with the second... I'm not coming up with a mystery plot I'm even slightly enthused with.
I think my very first question on Writers.SE had to do with mystery plotting... still not sure about that :P
I've got rough characters... but I'm finding detective "feel" really hard to just flow with. How do I butt-in-chair and just write when the detective needs to know way more than I do just to utter a sentence?