I’m busy writing chapter 2 which is vampire-centric. Word count: 5687.
Now, I planned for these vampires to be evil, cruel–the way vampires used to be and should be. I had no idea what their personal lives would be like, their personalities and fears and hopes. It’s coming to me as I write and honestly? I’m loving it.
It’s amazing. They are ruthless towards humans, they think of them as toys and meals, but I see their point of view. The way they act towards each other… It’s so human. They too feel love and hate and regret. I feel sympathy for my vampires and I wasn’t expecting to.
What was supposed to happen is that from a human’s point of view, you fear and hate the vampires, and this does happen, but when you read from the vampire’s POV, you feel sympathy–and that’s the part I didn’t plan.
All this reminds me of something my dad said: each writer has something they focus on when they write. For my dad, it’s puns, the right words, the beauty of language and what you can do with mere words. He also used Emile Zola as an example: Zola focused (’cause hey, he’s dead now) on the political aspect in his novels.
When my dad said that, it made me realize what I focused on: the psychology, the emotions, the relationships between characters.
By focus, my dad meant what you instinctively focus on, what’s most present in your writing, in a way. Hmm, maybe an example to clarify:
Take a novel with a complicated plot, well layered, foreshadowing, twists and cliff-hangers. The author of this book would be a writer who focuses on plot. It’s what he’s best at. He masters plotting perfectly. (That’s not to say this writer isn’t good at the other parts such as dialogue, description, etc.)
Hopefully you understand what I mean now.