I am done with “The Barrier” for now. I still plan to promote it and cogitate on the feedback I get, but I want to move onto another creative project. I decided a while ago that my next project would be “Felix”, a science fiction story I started over a year ago.
I am tempted to revise “The Barrier” based on ideas inspired by the feedback I have so far. However, I think it is better to leave it for now and come back to it later. There are very few changes I can make to the movie with out a major effort. The program I used to create it, Xtranormal Desktop, is no longer available. I would need to either shoot live action, or redo the movie with a different program.
If you haven’t watched it yet, you can find it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-LOUNSEKac
I went through several drafts of “Felix” between October 2012 and January 2013. It has been almost a year since I last read it, so I think I can approach it with fresh eyes. In the interim I have had some ideas that I would like to incorporate into the story.
I think the main thrust of my rewrite is to build up the characters more. While the story is primarily plot driven, I think the characters need to be more fully developed so it will appeal to readers.
As an aside; I read someplace that in a short story the characters support the plot, while in a novel, the plot supports the characters. What I have now is kind of in between those two extremes. I guess that means the plot and characters need to support each other.
The last version of the story ran to just over 8,000 words. I suspect that with the changes I have in mind it will end up at over 10,000 words.
I have a sense that something important is missing from the story. I really don’t know what it is. Hopefully I can get a better handle on what that might be when I rewrite it. The first step though, is to read it over again; several times.