I’ve been trying to post more content so that the fact that I’m going to be periodically rambling about NaNoWriMo (little over a month away, yay,) and how my process is coming along in defining what I’m going to be writing about.
I’ve honestly been at a loss, as I want to revisit the story I wrote last year, but do it in a different way to try and define what it is a bit more. I kind of dove into the process last year early on in the competition, but not at the very beginning, and then I went a little crazy trying to force myself into catching up and being a good little writer. In the end, I think my story suffered and it needed a bit more refining before writing even.
So far I’ve decided a few things to help it go a bit more smoothly:
- I’m going to define the place where it all takes place– last time I went with complete vagueness and left it open to interpretation– but I think it makes the story lack backbone to do that kind of wussing out.
- I need to truly define who Mhairi is in the early stages, as well as Edgar. They were thrown in on the basis that people would get the gist of their entire relationship with the opening paragraph, but instead I think I’m going to extrapolate on that whole thing a bit more in the beginning, or perhaps make that the first book in and of itself, defining their relationship. Not sure just yet.
- I need to define the villain a bit more. It was pretty much something that popped in my head at the last minute last time and I forced it into place with a bit of violence.
- Ix-nay the other boy being in love with Mhairi. We have enough love triangles in literature– he’ll just want to protect her because of her awesomeness, but not really be diving into her like he wants her. Besides, it’ll keep Edgar from brooding.
So far that’s all I have in the way of redoing the whole thing. Are you allowed to redo stories you’ve done previously? I don’t even know, and that’s part of what worries me. I guess I’ll have to go read up on everything and try to revisit the idea– if not, I’ll just do the prequel like I mentioned up there, the lead up to the crap I wrote last year. Boosh, loopholes.