Duct Tape For Mouthy Characters
I have to be honest. This is the post that I had intended to make yesterday, but I got totally side-tracked by
something shiny an awards post. So, now back to our regularly scheduled post in which I talk about my writing again. I heard that groan in the back.
Obviously, it was definitely a busy weekend, even after I finished writing The Nandora Tree. Yeah, I know, workaholic when it comes to my writing, but I had reason, and I am proud of getting it all done. Yes, I finished my out loud edit of Possession and it is now (I think) reasonably ready for its first round of feedback from my test readers.
Suddenly, as a result, my very full drawer of manuscripts that need to sit for a while is relatively empty. Oh, wait, I forgot to mention the other reason it’s emptier. I also pulled The Nandora Tree back out (hey, it’s just a short, doesn’t need the same amount of time, I swear), and edited that, then sent it late last night to my test readers for feedback.
I did a round with The Way Out Is Through, but it’s not ready. I’m still a little unsure how I feel about that one. I like it, but I’m not sure that it’s something I’d publish. It’s just too… out there, I guess, is the best term I can come up with without actually giving a synopsis of the story, something I hate doing when I don’t have to. It ruins the reading experience, in my opinion. So that one went back in the drawer. Knowing me, I’ll pull it back out again in another day or two (me of almost zero patience) to give it another round before I head off. We’ll see what I think then. I’m not sure I’m ever going to know what I feel about this one, to be honest. I may force myself to send it for feedback, just to try to get a handle on this one, but not until I’ve given it another round of editing.
In the meantime, I’m turning my full attention over to Devan and Necromantic. I have realized that I need to look at the start I’ve made on the outline and make some adjustments on both timeline and order of events. The right pieces are mostly there, and I think I know how to tweak it so that it comes out smoother, more where I need it to be. Then I can push forward and see where my darling Necromancer wants to lead me, take this journey with him. I know the ending (of the first book), and I’m getting some good thoughts down for the middle, but I need to firm it up and build it into a real outline.
I’m also faced with another conundrum at this point. How to tell the story. I know that it will only be Devan’s voice telling it, at least for the first book and likely for all three. But I’m not sure if I want to tell this as First Person (I) or very limited Third Person (He). I should mention that I usually write limited Third. The entire Mirrors trilogy is Third, as have been all of my short stories. And I do mean ALL. Including The Nandora Tree, formerly referred to as Devan’s Tale. But, and here’s where it becomes a conundrum, when the original image came to me, there was a little bit of story that came with it, just the very beginning, and I wrote it. Why is that a problem? Because it was very definitely First Person, and I have trouble with the idea of writing it any other way, despite the short story being Third. I suppose that my main concern is that I don’t have a lot of experience writing first person, and it’s not my natural inclination. When I started the rewrite of Bound, I had intended to try that in first person, but then slipped into Third with the first words I wrote and was a dozen pages in at least before I even noticed what I was doing, the urge is that strong. I suppose it’s probably still a little early to be worrying too much about this, but in some ways it does affect the outline. Also, I keep thinking that if I spend enough time thinking of it as First Person, I’ll be okay when/if I go to write it that way. I liked the feel of the little bit I did write, the way you could get a feel for who Devan is from it. Yay, another thing to roll around in my head for the next month. I really do think that I’ll be writing this first book by June, if I can make some headway on the outline.
In the meantime, and I’m sure you can all see this coming, Reah is trying to distract me for all she’s worth with a particular image of her, one that I know links in with the END of her first book (I know it’s more than one, but I’m not sure yet if it’s more than 2). I need some mental duct tape for this one, I swear. And I’m still a little intoxicated with the idea behind Masques, but that one isn’t defined enough to be a whole story. Cayle’s playing hide and seek, but I suppose that’s what I get for thinking up a society where most of the people wear masks all the time. Curses, my imagination foils me again.
And, before I ramble any further this evening, I present you with another picture. From my recent walk about the neighbourhood while letting The Nandora Tree simmer: