Origins of Blue Lines manuscript…Part um
Disclaimer – Before I continue, I would like to make two very important points in regard to my material and to anyone’s feelings. Because of my intellectual property, and my goal for this to begin my being published, I have to be vague in many areas of the story’s actual content. I would like to add that should anyone be offended by ANYTHING that I go forward with: 1) if it will offend you, please read objectively, my goal is not and has never been to embarrass or disrespect anyone; 2) although I am explaining why Blue Lines was written, this is a public forum and names will be omitted to protect the innocent; 3) if you know me now, and did not then, this also applies as this relates to why I wrote my work.
So here I was, I had already gotten too deep into this unconventional relationship. I had kind of pegged myself into a strange corner, where I knew what I wanted, and didn’t act. With us losing touch, the impetus and structure of the manuscript began to take place. Now with this focus, I was able to string together my thoughts, and the story of Blue Lines chronologically, and develop a cohesive story, in stark contrast to the original draft of scattered plot development.
The Beginning, part II…
First I had to assign names to my characters, my female protagonist could no longer hold the name of “L,” and I could not seriously allow my male antagonist to continue on with a best friend named “Mello Smoothe.” Therefore I had to draw from my collections of influences in my life and writing. Although, my story grew out of an anomalous friendship, I could not also create my composite character using her real name, or an apparent construction of her name (i.e. using her Middle Name, as the characters name), therefore drawing on influences ranging from friends, music, etc. I was able to create a name that not only drew from that time, but I used parts of my Cuban heritage, and a name that fit in with the tone of my work to give my character her own identity, and allow for the development of the character over the writing process.