Writerly Spots and Secondary Characters


Looks like a perfect writing spot, doesn’t it? I have a thing for weepy trees.  In fact, one of my completed manuscripts has a scene where a stalker hides in a pond, hidden by the long, frothy strands of a weeping willow.  I loved that scene because it showed his utter determination and coldness.  I should post it…  I do have plans to eventually rework that book and get it out. 

Anyway, that one was set in the Texas panhandle and I had a contest judge tell me that weeping willows didn’t grow there.  I had actually researched that fact to make sure.  I went on to win that contest, tho. 🙂

In current writing news-no new writing this week.  I started that big project and it’s turned out to be a lot more work than I expected.  I’m taking digital photos of land documents and though I’m taking about a thousand images a day, I’ve barely made a dent.  It’s simple yet difficult in that your back aches after a few hours and then your tired hands start to shake.  I can’t put in the hours I’d hoped to and with some family issues that cropped up, I’ve been pretty busy at night as well.   

So, to cheer myself up, I let my sister read DOTT–the manuscript currently making agent rounds.  She’s been begging for months.  She started it, but already she’s emailed to tell me about parts she loves.  Characters she loves. 

My critique partner has confessed a love for the same character, in fact.  I seem to have a knack for creating great secondary characters.  heh heh  This isn’t new.  I’ve consistently done this in every manuscript.  In fact, it was in one of my past manuscripts that my critique group liked the secondary character better than the hero.  Ouch. <g>

When I asked my sister what she thought of my main character, she said she’s a a great urban fantasy heroine.  Mysterious and strong and interesting.  Hmmm…. I think this is a compliment.   The sister doesn’t like really strong heroines so we’ll see if she still likes her after some major butt kicking later in the book. <g>


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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5 Responses to Writerly Spots and Secondary Characters

  1. Michele says:

    I love that picture! Weeping willows are wonderful. I think if I were presented with that setting I would have all my writing gear, but nothing would get accomplished. AND, now that you told me about your creepy character in the water … I won’t be going anywhere near a place like that at sunset, thanks.

    For those pictures you have to take, can’t you hang them on a wall and then shoot the picture? That would save on back pain. Or… light a match, cures the whole situation! Ooops… did I say that? LOL

  2. Rinda says:

    I can’t hang them up. I’m going through file folders full of paper. Some big, some tiny. I’m supposed to take a LOT of pictures every day, so I can only pull the ancient paper clips and rusted staples and hope everything doesn’t disintegrate–they used a lot of difficult types of paper over the last ninety years. Then, I quickly line them each up one at a time on a big white piece of paper and take the shot. It’s a “move very fast” kind of thing.

    We were originally going to scan until we saw the tissue paper, the thick, crumbling yellowed paper and all the rusted tiny staples. We don’t want to hurt the paperwork. So, it’s turned into a harder job than I expected. I’m hoping to slam through a lot of it this week. Originally, I’d hoped to be done by Friday and take off Thanksgiving week since my kids are off and I have a ton of family coming here. 🙂

  3. How tedious! Hope you are able to finish your work this week.

  4. Your sister has good taste because you create great chacters. I personally, besides our stripy heroine, love the dingy witch and Phro if they are still around.

    Hope the tedium goes away soon. Hang in there. Carol

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