Doing NaNo and working full time is hard. By week three, I always end up with a headache, regardless of how I try to pace myself. That doesn’t mean I haven’t written anything this week. It just means I haven’t written as much as I’d wanted to.
My writing total for this week is 6763. I’m still running at about half the target for reaching 50000 for the month, but it’s better than nothing. And I have two write-ins this weekend to keep it moving.
The good news is that my story is moving on. I’m about half way into the plot now and I’m finally working out how my two main characters interact with each other. It’s taken a long time because the main character changed into a different person half way through Warrior Pledge. That means I changed his name and his history so there was no link to another series I’m writing. I had to get to know him all over again.
The second character was a totally new character. While I’d written his background, I was still getting to know him and how he treated other people. Of course, how he interacts with the first character has to be different to everyone else, if only in his own head, but I think I’ve worked it out.
That means the list of things to fix once I finish getting the plot down has grown significantly. All of their actions and dialogue together will have to be rewritten to make sure the growth of their now-comfortable interaction is obvious, and all the personality traits I want to be obvious become so. I don’t like editing, but I’m looking forward to seeing them grow and get to know each other the way I know they should have in the first place.
I’m really tempted to go back and start fixing it all now but I know if I do, it’ll take three times longer to actually finish the book. I’ll still be writing it at the end of next year and that’s not something I want to contemplate. I want the bones of this book down before Christmas so I can spend my summer holiday editing.
E E Montgomery
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