Now that I’ve actually been sitting down to write again I’ve had wonderful and painful epiphanies. [Monty Python and the reading meme will be updated next week.] First: I really must do full character sheets, almost like what you’d do in any good role playing game – no not THAT kind of role playing – before I work on a project. Plot related or not, apparently these things are incredibly vital. You know, like friends, social activities, monumental life events that shape a person. Yep, I’m more than 80 pages into the manuscript and I just started doing these things. Now I’m actively avoiding doing it for the character whose section I already wrote. Because I’m afraid.
Second lesson: No matter your writing style, it’s best to consider how what you write can be interpreted by the masses. Why? Well, as I started contemplating a certain issue in the project I realized that what I wanted to do would probably not be interpreted properly. When I discussed these notions with my lovely neighbor and most wonderful first reader of the initial 66 pages of the ms she only confirmed my concerns. The upside of this is that I now have an alternative way of doing what I wanted. Yeah for awesome suggestions!
Third lesson: Silence is absolutely, totally and completely vital when it comes to thinking. This includes quieting the non-writerly minded voices before I can write.
I hope you’ll come back on Wednesday to eavesdrop (okay, not really) into the mind of a lovely author by the name of Joyce Scarbrough. Should be a very interesting topic that I hope you will jump into and converse about.