Character Voice

Finishing the book seems to be a chore to me. I never expected writing a novel to be easy. In fact I put it off for the longest. But I kept working on this book. I am so close to finishing but it’s not fun at all. I like looking back and reading my work but writing the ‘boring’ parts is taxing.

When I started to get back into writing I usually wrote the fun parts first. With the Mondian Chronicles I jumped into the juicy stuff. The meat of the story. But with Chloe’s book I started from the beginning. I distinctively recall that writing the sleepover was the most fun. When I say those words flowed easily I’m dead serious. My fingers did not hesitate on the keyboard.

I guess I could write out of order but I just feel like it would create an unnecessary mess. I don’t want to have to piece everything together.

But I started this post because I wanted to write that I am finally getting a grip on Jordana’s character voice. I had my first thirty pages critiqued and my partner told me that Jordana seemed flat. I’ve been trying to get inside her head. This morning I was looking over stuff I had written related to her character and all of the sudden this voice popped into my head. I was reading it but it was in her voice.

So that excited me. Now I’m trying to figure out what is going to happen in the lead up to Thanksgiving in Chloe’s world and I’m trying to figure how to show more of Jordana’s personality for the rewrite. All in a day’s work.

Slipped

I have a character who I can’t quite get a hold on. When I first wrote her she was a bit haughty and vain, but then that morphed into naive and kind when compared to her younger sister who is…you know actually haughty and vain. Then as she aged she grew into the sort of weary mother type. I wrote her today and she seems to be world weary or something.

Basically compared to my other characters especially said character’s sister, this one seems to change every time I write her. I just cannot get a hold on her personality. I don’t know what I want her to be like. She seems to change in every situation. Is that a good thing? Idk it’s really frustrating to me. She’s more of a supporting character in others’ stories but if I did focus on her what would she be like?

But at least I’ve been writing if only for a bit. I keep bouncing between projects and rereading over my old work.