I won this time!
It is August and that means July’s Camp NaNoWriMo is over. This time, I won, but it didn’t come easily. I already wrote about my struggle to focus and how I spent too much time trying to explain the rules of the world rather than enjoying the story. In the end I was able to put aside the explanations and get back to telling my story. From there it simply flowed again.
The question now is: what comes next?
For me this could be a 2-3 year project. Two years ago I wrote Modern Persuasion and it is still over 7 months away from being completed (i.e. published). This July’s story is already 12 years old and this is the second draft. This finished story is only 30,000 words, which makes it a nice novella, but not a novel. I know there is more of the story to tell, I just have to keep playing with it. Part of me wanted a final draft to submit to publishers next summer, but I think I may have to keep working on this for a little longer.
I need to do a better job of showing my world rather than telling it.
I need to do a better job of making you hate the main character and loving a completely different character. Our main character does not get a happy ending and I need to make sure it is clear.
I need to re-organize the story to better suit the plot and make sure the characters are real people.
These things take time, especially when you are world building for something bigger.
Modern Persuasion was very different. I got the idea in May and thought it would be difficult to tell because I hadn’t been living with these characters in my head for very long. I thought I couldn’t channel my two main characters, but in writing I learned who they are. The story was easy to write because I knew this story already, I was just modernizing it. I loved my main characters and wanted to spend time with them. I wanted to read the story over and over as I edited. There are only a few characters in my writing who make me feel this way. I am typically very protective of them, but I want to share Emma and Fredrick with others.
Don’t worry, I want to share the others too.
As for this recent work, you are just going to have to wait to hate her…