Well, I finally got around to my first entry. I guess I should introduce myself a little. I’m sort of a writer. It’s more of a hobby, an obsessive hobby…I’m moving on before things get too personal. So what am I writing? Well, it’s fantasy. I like the story I do, but I have a lot of characters to keep up with, and I keep questioning myself with the direction I’m going in, especially with the characters.
I found getting to know a book character is harder then getting to know a real person. Real people have personalities and past that they paved themselves. Fictional characters aren’t so lucky. You got to build them up a little before they start reveling things about themselves on their own. Now I’m currently editing a chapter with the POV of this character.
(I inverted the colors because I’m not done with it, and I wanted it to look cool. Don’t judge me.)
This character was the one of the most difficult for me to figure out. In the early drafts, he just wandered around boring me with his mental diatribes about how much his life sucked. Yes, it was my fault he did this, and even I got annoyed. So I had to recalculate. Currently he doesn’t really complain, but his life probably sucks more then it did before. At least he’s doing something about it. Other characters are a little easier, like this one.
(This is a girl, I know she looks like a guy but…yeah.)
I wanted a quirky tomboy in this character, and she’s been like that from day one. When was day one? About three to two years ago. In between there and now around 227,000 words have been written. I’m only using around 90,000 of those words, and twelve characters. I admit seeing the work of my 15/16 year old self is both weird and painful. Weird in the since of it feels like it’s written by an entirely different person. painful because, well, I was 15/16.
I think writing this story has helped me grow as a person, as well as my characters. Do I think this story will someday see the light of day? Right at this moment, I have to say, no. I still have a lot of work and research to do. It’s like they always say, if you think writings easy, you’re doing something wrong. Will I finish this story? I’m determined to get there, yes. I want to make an idea come to life, and prove to myself I can finish something. So here’s my goal, to finish the rough draft of my story by the end of the spring, and to finish editing it by the end of the summer.
Now that this goal is out there for every one to see I have to reach it.