How does Debra Chapoton capture a story?
January 25, 2018
I invent some characters, give them a problem, watch them work it out.
The mind of a writer is a dangerous thing. It is filled with humor or horror, mystery or romance, suspense or terror, the present or the past, truth or fiction, fantasy or odd moments that go bump in the night. Strange things live in the mind of an author. Writers may appear to be normal, and they are. But deep inside their brain, the ingredients are always at work weaving another twisted web. Here is the way Debra Chapoton writes her novels.
She knows that ideas often take root and begin growing even before she realizes it.
Her newest novel, The Time Stopper, will be released in early February. She describes the science fiction adventure story this way:
Secret powers. Deadly enemies. A shy love.
Marcum is plucked from his easy farm life on Klaqin to serve in the Interstellar Combat Academy where he is schooled in galactic warfare. He forms a reluctant alliance with an incorrigible recruit named Coreg. Together they risk banishment, prison and death to exceed the space travel limits in a search of a time-bender.
They find Selina on the out-of-bounds planet Earth. Her ability to slow the passage of time will be invaluable in fighting other aliens. But Marcum loses his heart to her and when Coreg takes her back to Klaqin Marcum remains on Earth in order to develop a far greater talent than time-bending. Now he’s ready to return home and get the girl. But Coreg isn’t his only obstacle.
Debra Chapoton points out: Recently a friend of mine asked me how my books were doing. We chatted a bit and then she said she wanted to write a book, too. A moment later she revised that statement and said what she really wanted was to be able to say that she had written a book. In that brief exchange she hit on two key elements: 1) desire to write and 2) editing.
1) Desire to write: My desire to write comes from my need to be creative and my propensity for having fun. For me, writing is playing. And I love to play with words. I am partial to nuance, tone, and connotations. I adore codes, subtleties, and details. I’m keen on inserting unexpected adjectives, choosing synonyms, and singling out idioms. Fun for me is rearranging, shaping, and molding the flow of words. I want to stab a scene with impassioned terms. Squeeze out a reader’s tears with shades of emotion. And break the rules on fragments.
2) Editing: Writing a novel is a monstrous task, but I start with a single idea. Less daunting then. I invent some characters, give them a problem, watch them work it out. Word by word I write. Stop. Pick a synonym, revise. Sentence by sentence I plod on. Stop. Edit, change, reread. Paragraph by paragraph I build. Smile, get excited, rewrite. A chapter happens. I fix it.
Three months, or four, or six, and poof! I have written a book.
It doesn’t work this way for everyone. Just today I was reading the advice of an accomplished author who warned to never, ever edit as you go. (Oops.) He recommended that an author get that rough draft done fast and not waste time rewriting scenes that might later be deleted. I see his point. Good point. But that’s not me. Besides, deleted scenes make interesting blog posts later on.
So, that’s how I write, but why do I write? I write because it allows me to be creative, expressive, innovative, and artistic with words. I write because it’s fun. I don’t know for sure what the characters are going to do on the next page and I have to write in order to find out. Writing keeps me on the edge of my seat.
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