Writing updates: “fun” with backstory revision. (Argh!)

Some awesome/weird things happening lately in The Adventures of a Sci-Fi Author and His Copyeditor Brother… 🙂

It has already become a running joke between us: “So… about serial immortality.” Y’see, we started to have a conversation about this topic (strictly as it relates to writing fiction — we’re not that weird), but we kept going off on tangents (you’re soooo surprised, right?) about other things, so it took us two days to finally get back around to talking about serial immortality as it relates specifically to the characters in Paul’s novels. Nor are we finished with that topic yet.

We’ve also done terrible things to a few characters in the course of revising/elaborating on their backstories. And we’ll do even more, no doubt, because from a storytelling standpoint, some victories cannot come without a high price. Readers would feel cheated if it were “too easy.”

Backstory Revision Syndrome… I imagined one character shouting at his author(s), “I used to be human!” Not that he has anything against people who aren’t human, but he’s having a difficult time of it, dealing with this new knowledge about himself. (What, you mean you don’t allow your imaginary friends story characters the opportunity to express themselves out-of-story? *shakes head*) And there has been a revelation about the person behind a major aspect of Jon’s “origin story.” Fun times.

For the past few days, Paul has been trying to work out the details and effects of extreme time dilation (I think he said it’s about one to twenty-six thousand!) in the non-causal reality inside a ginormous black hole (it’s most of the mass of an entire universe, although to be fair, it’s a rather small universe), versus outside it, and also the best/most interesting way of an individual or an entire culture/species achieving serial immortality through technology. Personally, I’m hoping he leaves some of the latter to be figured out in some other story, or even just leaves it alone entirely because the character(s) affected don’t know how it works, only that it does work. Having enough trouble choreographing the plotlines (just like old times, eh?) and making sure there was time for events to happen in the right order. It’ll all work out eventually, though, just like it always does.





About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have eight cats. I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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3 Responses to Writing updates: “fun” with backstory revision. (Argh!)

  1. There’s time dilation via some sort of space anomaly (it may have been a black hole, I don’t remember exactly) in the YA novels The Diabolic and The Empress. (waiting for the third book) it brings functional immortality for the people living in it, at least in relation to the people living outside of it. Your post reminded me I need to go check on when the last book of the trilogy is due out!

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  2. M. Oniker says:

    After creating a rich world, and staying with characters for so long, I don’t know how anyone would not have conversations with their imaginary friends.

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  3. I love conversations with imaginary friends. I’m thankful my spouse indulges me.

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