How We Write – New Day Dawning
This James Cavanagh story takes place right before he shows up at the science fiction convention in Dreaming of Xeres (DoX), and where he ends up embroiled in exactly the things he’d hoped to avoid. Orion had already written this vignette and another James story, Crossroads, before we’d even thought about adding James to the DoX cast. But in he walked, telling us he had history with another character and didn’t we need a cop anyway?
We’ve noticed that characters tend to walk onto our stage and demand to be included in the action. It’s like they’re fully formed and waiting in the wings for their chance in the spotlight. The more fully realized the character, the more likely he or she is to tell us what they want to do. This is where the prep work of building a character really begins to pay off
NEW DAY DAWNING
Running thru the smoke and din of battle, I clutch my M4 in a death grip. I jump at every sound.
I lost contact with my squad.
Where the hell is everyone?
The shockwave from a bursting mortar shell sends me tumbling through an open doorway. (more…)