Monday, August 29, 2011

Writing Excuses -- Killing Sauron in Every Chapter

Apo Mechanes Theos is my alternative blog, for everything off topic for my "other" blog.

While I did one link to Writing Excuses with  I've decided to put the rest here.

This is about a novel where you have to kill Sauron in every chapter (inspired by one of their podcasts).

It hit me as we sat plotting (which is all anyone ever does).  "Where did Sauron Nine Lives get his name?"

Kara snorted, the beer sputtering everywhere.  "You idiot, everyone knows it has to do with the fact he is alive in nine places, nine bodies at once.  That is why we are having such a hard time figuring out how to kill him."

"No, I know that.  Sheesh.  Where did the 'Sauron' part of his name come from?"

Dead silence.  "Uhh." 

"Never mind" I said, "Now we just have to figure out how to kill him nine times -- maybe ten or eleven if we don't do it fast enough and he brings a body or two back while we are at it."

And that is how you write a novel where you kill Sauron in every chapter. ;)

Next, how to write a YA novel where the first person narrator, protagonist/heroine gets eaten at the start of Chapter 2 and parts of it are written in second person imperative.