Island Life, Word Birds & Process #6
After a couple of days of thunderbolts and lightning (not even remotely frightening – I love thunderstorms) today dawned mist-draped and gentle. It was silly o’clock and the enclosed, slightly secretive morning felt perfect. I was ready to write. It’s been this way for a week or two now and the result is I’m approaching the home straight, if not at a gallop then certainly at a gentle canter. (Were it not for the ‘Edit As You Go’ gene, this first draft would probably be finished.)
The problem is I’m unsure whose story I’m writing. I have two definite and four possible candidates, and it’s a potential minefield. Having recently published a book with a clear central character, I’m now faced with two distinct voices, each with a stake in the story, and another couple clamouring for attention.
I may be over-thinking it – every star needs a supporting cast and sometimes a double act works fine. The writer just has to insist that the understudies know their place. This would normally not be a problem. Unfortunately I fear it’s my own fault and serves me right for creating the monster that is a Narcissistic Mother. She really is a ruddy nightmare.
As for the ghost…
Phone a friend is what contestants on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? used to do, when they didn’t have a clue.
I think I need to call my editor.
Trust your writing instincts, for the first draft anyway.You may just have to write your way through your uncertainty (easier said then done I know). This may mean eliminating scenes later on, but if it works, and helps you know which character is most important, then it will be worth it. Ultimately only you can know your process. Good luck!
Carol Lovekin said:
That figures & means my instinct is right… xXx
Terri-Lynne DeFino said:
Who starts the story? That’s whose story it is, ultimately.
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