I did it! I made it through the dreaded 30k section and it‘s all downhill from here.
(Considering my opinion of this novel, maybe that was a bad choice of words…)
Actually, my opinion is going up along with my word count. I really don’t hate it anymore, and actually kind of like it.
That’s not to say that it doesn’t have issues, because it does, lots of them. There is a whole big awkward boring chunk that is either going to have to get slashed out of it or completely rewritten. I think I need for her to get a traveling companion sooner and get caught in the crossfire between crime syndicates and law enforcement agencies later.
But I’m beginning to think that it’s not only fixable, but maybe worth fixing, although it’s not going to be high on the priority list.
I’ve learned a lot from this novel, and the main thing that I’ve learned is that if you are a character-driven writer your characters should not spend a lot of time alone.
That should be obvious, huh?
I don’t remember the circumstances, but a while back (a year or more) a friend and I were talking about writing and the subject of characters came up, and having multiple main characters and a bunch of secondary ones… just general writer chit chat, and the question was asked, “Who says you have to have more than one main character?” (Or something along those lines.)
My answer was that the main character had to have someone to talk to, to react to, to exist with.
“So just have them have a bunch of secondary characters that they meet as they go along. They don’t have to be there for the whole book.”
That’s kind of what I’ve been trying to do in this book, and you know what? It really doesn’t work for me. I enjoy writing more when I have at least two characters – my writing just seems to flow better that way.
So, when the time comes to edit this thing a huge chunk is going to get rewritten.
But for now… I’m out of the dreaded 30s and should clear 50k by the end of the weekend.
Will that wrap up the story? I’m not quite sure – I’ll find out when I get there, and you’ll find out in Monday’s post.