June 21st, 2013

Confused!Dean

An Update on The Fantasy Novel Project

As some of you know, I've been kicking around the idea for an original fantasy novel for a few months now. (Well, really for about ten years, but I've been thinking of actually writing it for only the past few months.)

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In other fantasy novel news... I've realized that while one of my strengths is coming up with really good protagonist characters (IMHO), one of my weakness is not being able to come up with good bad guys. I'm pretty sure this is one of the main reasons that my first attempt at a novel didn't work out so well...(which some of you kindly know because you read it even though it had major problems in the end). I'm just not good at coming up with evil plots or things for the protagonists to battle against.

The problem with the fantasy novel is that I still have this problem. I've once again come up with 5-6 protagonists that all kick ass, and I only have a vague idea of who their opposition is, and even that vague idea of a villain isn't really that well flushed out like my protagonists are.

And to top it all off, the plot that I HAVE set up (vaguely) kind of demands that their enemies be political in nature... like, there has to be a certain aspect of political-conspiracy and power-grabbing and such-like...I don't even know the TERMS for it, that's how bad I am at this stuff.

Even when I was studying history, it was more social-cultural history than political history. But, the tentative plot I've started up requires me to work out internal politics between governments, monarchies, and military...as well as foreign affairs with a neighbouring country... and yeah... I don't know how on earth I'm going to figure all that out.

Anyway, yeah, this is just me complaining that writing is hard.