Ninja Capt. Alex J. Cavanguah who is not really a scary ninja but a really nice guy, is hosting the genre favorite blog-fest today. So, I'm combining this blog-fest with my usual Monday post on writing. To read other genre favorites go here.
Genre Favorites Blogfest, September 17, 2012
One blogfest, four favorites!
List your favorite genre of:
And a guilty pleasure genre from any of the three categories!
Now before I begin my favorite genre take a look at the heading of my blog. Oh...can you guess? You're almost there...yup, you got it, Fantasy.
Movies: Okay I'm not such a junky that I go for any of the SciFi Channel original movies. I want quality. Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Narnia movies, stuff like that. I'm not into ancient Greek mythology. Did you see Snow White and the Huntsman, wonderful, but the one with Julia Roberts was so bad I forgot the name.
Music: Do you see my book cover over on the right hand side. My heroine is a flutist, and yes, you can say either flutist or flautist according to the University of Colorado Music Dept. Well folks, it's a flute. I love flutes. Any kind of flute. I may learn how to play one. I also like a mixture of jazz, rock and nature sounds. When I'm writing to music it has to be instrumental. My favorite artist currently are, Josh Groban, Celtic Woman, Sarah McLaughlin, John Denver and a few others too.
Books: Repeat the movie titles here. But I love good writing and my second favorite book to read is Mystery. I also really enjoy Dean Koontz.
Guilty Pleasure: Castleville, a Facebook game. Two T.V. shows, Grimm and Snow White, I don't have HBO or other pay to much for channels so I can't speak for those shows.
The Seven Deadly Sins and Your Hero: Lust
You don't have to say anything. I know where your brain went, the same place as mine. However, lust doesn't just refer to sex. It can also refer to any thing that your character is obsessed with. Power, food, knowledge, an intense desire for something they don't have and may not be able to get. Lust is similar to greed, except your character desires lust but doesn't have it.
So, how do you take a lustful character and transform them into your hero? To address this sin as a sin you must make this an obsession. I know I repeated that word, but it's important. Your character simply can't let it go. The 'just say no,' campaign won't work here. To change, your hero must recognize their problem and overcome it. You know what they say, pile on the problems for your hero to overcome. Lust is an excellent secondary problem. I say secondary because it is usually not the type of difficulty that can carry an 80,000 or more word count manuscript.
Your character is in love with your best friends boy/girl friend. S/he thinks of nothing else. To the point of spying on the couple while they stroll through the park or (need I say it) are engaged in another activity. There went your brain again! What happens next is up to you. Does your character recognize their problem and join a therapy group? Run away to a new place? Get shook up by a new love who is prettier, or average to the object of their fascination?
Or perhaps your character really wants a T-bird in baby blue. The same as his best friend.
If it is knowledge, well...our society regards knowledge as a positive force. To make your character lust after knowledge means that s/he will disregard everything else in their life in the pursuit of knowledge. So your character is always working, always in the library doing research or running away from powerful wizards when his/her attempt to steal the magic book fails.
You get it. Stick something into the slot for their obsession and you have lust. How your character overcomes their desire to be a hero or heroine is up to you.
Picture link: Wikipedia
Genre Favorite blogfest
Next week: Envy and after that it is gluttony and our Seven Deadly Sins will be over. I will start a series on short stories and flash fiction.
I hope you enjoyed my genre blog-fest entry and my Seven Deadly Sins post. Let me know what you think.
PS I'm looking for critique partners, if interested say so in the comments. Thanks.