Oh the agony…
Okay, not really.
I’m working on the beginning of the first draft of a book. It’s a love/hate relationship.
One day I love the words. They’re gold. They are rockstar. They sing to me while I breathe life into the story.
And the next they are struggling to be anything more than rock…not pretty rock, just that plain white gravel…that stuff that flies off of trucks on the highway and smacks my windshield and scares the crap out of me and makes me want to call the “How’s My Driving?” number on the bumper sticker and tell whomever answers exactly what I think about that…
Anyway, the beginning is always like this. Okay, again, not really.
ALL OF IT IS ALWAYS LIKE THIS. Even the muse inspired stuff.
So yeah, I’m working on the beginning, and I’m trying to find the voice of the story and the characters all while working through opening plot points that make sense to the characters that begin to take form as the opening morphs into something more than words on the page.
Once I get chapter one where I want it, I can go NANO-style, fastdraft on the first draft. Until then, it’s slow going. And I’m good with that, because this is fun.
Just finished writing for the night.
It’s still not great, but it’s better.
I’m okay with the no voice issue. Instead of looking for real story, I’m looking at my writing as a skeleton of sorts.
Developing my protag, making sure she’s truly heroic, and making sure my main secondary character is heroic too, even though she’s not a very nice person sometimes, until the very end when she saves the world. 🙂
I need to see if I can find my Jennifer Crusie notes on plotting and characterization from years ago. I remember she said something about antagonists not being villains but being the person standing in the way of the protag reaching their goal.
Need a refresher there.
I’m up to 3722 words after tonight’s writing.
And I’m liking the story. Still not sure if Addison or Sharlene is the protag, really. My writer’s group says it’s Sharlene, but I’m not sure. It’s certainly something to think about as I write.
I’ve got LOTS of plotting work to do. And lots of characterization work to do, but that’s okay. This is the first draft, and it’s a WIP.
I’m using the Donald Maass Breakout Novel Workbook. So glad you have to have written words to actually do a lot with it! That helps keep me writing.
I’ll finish the yearbook this week, so I’m going to get my students to help me some. I wonder what they’d do/want with a guardian angel if one suddenly appeared.
Bill, if you’re reading this, once I get to truly readable pages (long ways off, probably summer!), I hope you and Alecia will be my first readers.
Hi Mary C if you’re reading. It’s cool that you popped over from Mary F’s blog. I love Mary’s blog! It’s kept me writing for years.
Got some incredible news today, can’t share it yet, it has nothing to do with publishing, but it was like God was saying, “I’ve got this Mary Beth, chill out!”