I enjoy writing them. I may have a post in the past about my novels I’ve partially written (it’ll probably show up as a related link? But I’m too lazy to search for it right now), but this one I’ve been working on for 2 years is probably the one that might get completely finished first. The first draft was your typical rough draft, full of holes, full of junk. It was written in the first person (I was trying to channel Janet Evanovich, I think, and failed). The second draft (30 pages from being complete still) was written in the 3rd person, but limited to one perspective. I’m not talented enough (or maybe the story is just too weird) to get the detail I need about the antagonists from one limited perspective, so I think I’m going to open it up to different perspectives from the views of the secondary characters, and from the viewpoint of the antagonist as well.
Actually, I tried that in the second draft. It didn’t work. But I think I can make it work. I actually made a list of all the stuff that was wrong with my book, things to focus on in the next rewrite:
2. Back story for all characters
3. I felt my MC lost her “voice” and became more generic as the story progressed. She changes in the story, but I want her to keep her edge, so I have to work on her.
4. The demons are just kind of there, inhabiting random people. They need some sort of back story. (which is why I think I need their viewpoint)
5. Adriana. She’s a character who runs away from the main climatic scene, and just sort of drops out of the book. If I don’t intend to write a sequel, then I need some sort of closure there.
Like I said, writing a novel is hard work.
I started re-reading the book over the weekend, and I already have three pages of notes on what I need to research, who’s back stories are most problematic, and where I can insert new scenes. I also have a character list that I’m going to expand into full details and back stories about all the main character and maybe a few minor characters.
Oh, found a new problem.
6. The ghost scene, while interesting and pivotal to the story, feels strange and forced to get to. I have to find a way to turn John’s dream into a way for Carleton and Charissa to take a midnight jaunt through the woods to find a ghost. Or maybe it’s because I’m being too judgey of my own work.
Most novels I read have some sort of weird coincidences (especially teen novels, I just read Divergent and that sort of thing happened over and over again. I enjoyed the book, but found the first sequel rather annoying and, I don’t know, it felt rushed, like the last book of The Hunger Games. I felt like the author was on some sort of time table to GET IT DONE to hit his or her deadline, and one more draft or revision would have nailed it.
Hey, that’s kind of how my book feels now. Like stuff is tacked on and discordant. I don’t want to be too fussy about everything, so perfectionist that I can’t accomplish anything, and I don’t necessarily think I need to do a full rewrite at this point. I think if I can solve my six problems and weave them into the story, and then do an awesome editing job, it might be ready to go.
My one other big problem? The one that is the kicker?
I’m lazy, and after I work 8-10 hours a day, sitting my butt down and working on my novel, even in the form of research, is not the first thing I want to do. Plus, I’m recovering from my Netflix addiction (just finished watching Once Upon a Time) and I refuse to get sucked into any more series. I’ll allow a movie, but something that can suck my soul for 200 episodes? Nope, I’m done with that. I’m just going to DVR Once Upon a Time and The Big Bang Theory (which are really the only current shows that I watch), and be done with TV for awhile.
I need to force myself to work on my novel. I’m going to start with a half hour a night, and set a timer. If it’s going well, then I’ll keep on, if not, I at least accomplished SOMETHING.
Also, I need to blog in the mornings so it doesn’t interfere.
Have a great Monday!