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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Head, Desk. Desk, Head

I'm stuck.

I've been on fire (hah, I crack myself up) with Hotter Than Hell -- up to chapter seven.

And...I'm stuck.

Oh, I know what's supposed to happen. No problems there.

I just don't know how to start it.

Okay, here's the situation. My parents went away on a week's vacation. No, wait -- those are song lyrics.

Cue segue...


So, my antihero, Daunuan the incubus, is basically stalking the human woman whom he is supposed to seduce. He's following her (invisible), sees where she works, where she lives. Samples her life for a week.

And I have NO idea how to kick off the scene.

Any thoughts?


Is this thing on?


At 7:19 AM, Blogger crowwoman / rhian said...

Is there any way she can do something to save his ass, thereby making him rethink the stalk and seduce scenario (or at least feel guilty about it)- I'm assuming the stalk and seduce serves some other greater purpose.

Not knowing what kind of character she is / he is - it's tough to spark imaginary scenes, ya know?

At 8:21 AM, Blogger ec said...

Seduction is such an individual thing for women. So is damnation. So one of the directions my mind would be going would be hmmm . . . what would she be willing to risk her soul over? Perhaps adding some element of that to the mix would add resonance to the scene and enhance Daun's fiendish satisfaction. Assuming that demons appreciate irony, which I suspect they do.

Or perhaps he would manuvere her into seducing HIM. Depending upon her personality type, this could go a lot of ways. It would be most interesting to a woman who was reticent for some reason: shy, insecure, burned by men, just lost 126 pounds throught Weight Watchers and is somewhat uneasy about testdriving the new economy model.

Another fun approach would be for Daun to play on her VIRTUES. More fiendish irony here. What is most important to her, what are her values, what pushes her righteous indignation buttons? He has been following her around for a week. What has he found out?

This would be especially interesting if the trait he exploits, good or bad, has some twisty role in the denoument--

Sorry. I get carried away. :)

Good luck working through the sticky spot.

At 8:55 AM, Blogger Jackie said...

Rhi, Elaine, thank you...

I wasn't clear. I need much more coffee in my life.

Here's the thing: ALL Daun is doing now is watching her. Getting to know her a bit -- observation mode only.

I'm thinking of starting the chapter with the love interest on the phone with her best friend, and Daun, who's invisible and is leafing through some of her possessions, hears her conversation.



*head desk*

At 12:10 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

How long do I have to wait to read this? I think I love Daun. I'm thinking a sex-tape Colin Farrell for the movie role.

I'd have her writing in her diary and him reading over her shoulder. But that's just me.

At 12:15 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

Oooh...sex tape Colin Farrell...definitely in HB and ROAD. For HOT? Probably less jaw-dropping bad-boy sexy and more like real-guy sexy. Maybe Doug Savant, from Desperate Housewives. Heh.

At 3:13 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

real-guy sexy. Maybe Doug Savant, from Desperate Housewives.

No thanks. ;-)

At 3:47 PM, Blogger Devon Ellington said...

You need to start the stalk, or the seduction?

If you need to start the stalk, and he's invisible to her, keeping in the tone of HB, I'd have him observer her doing something like shaving her legs or something intimate like that, and find it both strange and slightly sexy. Have him observe something that gives him an insight into the feminine mind beyond what he had before, which is straight out sex as his be-all frame of reference.

Just my two cents.

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Gwen Gwellman said...

Y'know, that's why I usually resist the temptation to give advice. It might on occasion be reasonably good advice, but it's usually about the wrong topic.

Reminds me of the story of a little girl who asked her mother where she came from. This set her mother back on her heels, because she hadn't planned on doing the birds-n-bees talk for a few more years. She took a deep breath and launched into an explanation. When she was finished, the little girl stared at her blankly for a moment, then said, "Caitlin is from Chicago. Where the [BLEEP] do I come from?"

ec, posting as gg because Blogger is acting weird. Again.


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