February feels like it’s gone by quickly, but looking over all that I’ve done this month, it certainly looks like the month’s stretched on!
I was initially a bit confused with what we had to achieve this month. I can’t quite remember *what* I thought we had to have done by the end of the month, but I do recall believing I had a really easy month ahead of me. It wasn’t until the middle of the month that I realised that I had to do a whole lot more rewrites than I had planned, and work on structure.
On the topic of structure: it’s really hard work. In theory, it sounds so simple, but I’m finding that actually making sure the structure is perfect is difficult. I’m making slow progress, but I guess progress is still progress, right?
On the fantasy novel front, I’ve recently had a big breakthrough. Halfway through February, I decided to quit fooling around and start work on Untitled YA Fantasy Idea (UYAFI) (as opposed to waiting until March). I got to work on the premise, fighting the urge to put in a stereotypical Wise Old Wizard (which I’m still umming and ahhing about – I think it can work). Up until yesterday, I was struggling with my protagonist. I know who the sidekicks are, and a whole bunch of other characters, but the protag was eluding me. I only had a hazy idea of who he was, and he wouldn’t tell me his name. In fact, it was getting so bad I was beginning to get over UYAFI: I didn’t want to work on it.
But I’ve finally had a breakthrough! He’s finally told me his name, and suddenly his character has gushed out at me! I can see him so much clearer, and I’ve learnt so much about him.
Moral of the story: characters need names. It makes them real.
So, for the comments: how’s your writing going? Any breakthroughs? Have you recently learnt something important? Let me know!