Sometimes The Grass Isn’t Greener on The Other Side – It’s Undead

Ali does all that he can to get Teresa’s attention but he is unsuccessful.  After an unfortunate turn of events with Teresa and her fiance, Ali finally gets his chance.  However, as things begin to sizzle between Teresa and Ali, she will find out things about Ali that will make her wish never invited him into her world.

 

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Part II: The Making of The Vital Sacrifice – Creating a Mythical Secret Society

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ATLANTA – Written by M.L. Childs, Paranormal Romance Author, Screenwriter, Copywriter and Dramatic Historian

As you may recall from my previous blog topic, Part I: The Making of The Vital Sacrifice – The Invisible Race of Djinn, I developed my main character, Ali, as a Djinn.  After developing his character and my female character who becomes his lover, I had a big question mark looming over my story: “Why should audiences care about these two people’s relationship?”  Over the years of learning writing and screenwriting, I discovered that if there is no conflict, there is no story.  I knew that I had my two main characters, but now was the time to add conflict to their lives — and lots of it.

I formed the overarching conflict in my novel developing Ali’s character.  As you know by reading or from my previous post, Ali is a paranormal creature but I had to develop a world around him that would make him off limits to my female character, Teresa.  I did this by creating a Order of Djinns that he belongs to who play by specific rules that they themselves created in order to avoid conflict with humans.  One major no-no is for them is not to have too much involvement with humans and settling down into relationships with women is strictly forbidden, not just because of the rules of the Order but also because these men never age.  Thus, too much involvement with anyone over a period of time will cause people to wonder why they never age.  This is why they must live their lives in secrecy.

I also created the Order because I wanted to explore the topic of secret societies.  My research in this area over the years intrigued me and therefore, I wanted my characters to formulate their own secret society.  I studied about secret societies but much of the information that I discovered seemed originate with King Solomon.  His magical powers seem to be the cornerstone of all secret societies.  I delved into the Biblical and Koranic interpretations of King Solomon and other books about Solomon’s magic in order to build my secret mythical society of genie men.

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How Useful Are Your Post-It Notes?

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ATLANTA – Written by M.L. Childs, Paranormal Romance Author, Screenwriter, Copywriter and Dramatic Historian

Do you use Post-It notes? I find them repulsive because even though they are meant to keep me organized, they end up looking like a bunch of colorful clutter with words on them that are obscure or obsolete once I go back to review them. Their original intended use may not work well for me, but I have discovered the perfect use for them within my writing process. I am currently working on the sequel to my novel, The Vital Sacrifice. I was pleased with the finished product of my first novel, but I admit that I wasn’t very organized in the writing process the first time around. Since I have many more books to research and write soon, I thought it would be a good idea develop a writing routine that I can apply to each of my projects so that I won’t get tangled up in the production process.

One way that I have planned to keep my book layout and writing plan on track is a technique that I learned in a screenwriting class. Excellent screenwriters (film writers) lay out their scenes using index cards. They usually lay the cards out on the floor or they may have a large cork board on which they pin the index cards.  This method of organization allows them to move scenes around easily if and when they need to make changes to the script before they start writing the screenplay.

While most screenwriters use the index card method, I have found that using the poster board and Post-It notes method is more convenient. I find this process very useful and satisfying because I can see everything that needs to happen in my book scenes laid out in front of me, similar to an outline. Unlike an outline, it is easier to move scenes around as I change my mind about the storyline. Also, having the Post-It notes on poster board is great because, as all you writers know, we need a change of scenery sometimes and this is a light, convenient thing to carry around the house or around the world.

I’m not sure what your approach to writing is but I usually start by laying my book out in acts or parts.  I create a Post- It for each of the acts and put those on the poster board.  From there, I start filling in scenes under each part.   I have moved scenes and gotten rid of them by just moving a Post-It note.  Once I am comfortable with all the things laid out in my acts, I then group scenes together to formulate a chapter.  But I loosely create chapters at this point because I don’t want to restrict my creative process too much. The goal with my poster board and Post-It note method is getting organized enough to avoid writer’s block.

How about you? What techniques do you use to keep yourself organized during the research and writing process? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Part I: Making of The Vital Sacrifice – The Invisible Race of Djinn

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ATLANTA – Written by M.L. Childs, Paranormal Romance Author, Screenwriter, Copywriter and Dramatic Historian

When I stopped wishing I could be a writer and I actually sat down to write my first novel, The Vital Sacrifice, I decided that I wanted it to be a love story between my two main characters, Teresa McMillan and Ali Rahman.  My initial drafts set their love story in the past during the time of the Spanish Inquisition, but something kept urging me to make it a present-day tale. So, I put the drafts of their past romance aside and began working on their modern love story.

As I was formulating their contemporary romance, I was pleased with its development, but I felt that their past romance had relevance in my tale. How could I juxtapose a story set during the 1500s with the present-day?

That’s when a light bulb came on in my head.  As I pondered how to fit both tales into one storyline, I remembered that my favorite horror film, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, tied in a historical love story between Count Dracula and Mina.  She and Dracula were lovers during 15th century Romania and they crossed paths again in late 19th century Victorian England.  Dracula was a paranormal entity who lived for many years feasting off the blood of humans which was how he was able to see Mina again.  I concluded that if I was going to weave Ali and Teresa’s past and present together, I would have to make Ali a paranormal character; however, I didn’t want to write a vampire tale.  I needed to create a unique paranormal love story that was different from what was already on the market.

I thought about using other paranormal creatures such as werewolves, zombies or ghosts but none of these inspired me.  The genie in the lamp tale intrigued me but I didn’t want my love story to be about Teresa rubbing a lamp and out comes Ali, the man of her dreams.  Since I was creating an adult love story, I didn’t want my tale to morph into a children’s novel by using the genie in the traditional sense that we are familiar with in western culture. Therefore, I had to reconstruct the whole idea of how we perceive genies in this culture.

When I researched genies, I discovered that they are much more than the playful entities that we see in Aladdin tales.  Eastern cultures, which refer to the genie as Djinn, have cunning and somewhat vicious interpretations of what these creatures are.  My research revealed that these entities exist in a world similar to our own but they are invisible to the human eye.  They also live much longer than humans and have different classifications ranging from the playful types that we see in Hollywood to much scarier ones.

After realizing that I didn’t have to stick to the genie in a lamp cliché, I begin to work diligently developing a genie that didn’t play by the rules of lamp enslavement and instead existed on his own terms.   My genie characters were half-men half-genies but live longer than their human counterparts.  This paranormal character was the glue that I needed to link Ali and Teresa’s past romance to the present one and this changed my story from a romance to a paranormal romance novel.

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Renowned songstress, Teresa McMillan, has recurring nightmares about a creature who walks out of her dreams and into her waking life disguised as a gorgeous stranger by the name of Ali Rahman who wants to make her his.

 

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