An exercise in changing viewpoint for my novel’s main character helped me to get inside of her head. I thought that I was already there but when I re-wrote her story in the first person boy did she come to life. This has now become part of my routine for whatever story I write to help me dig deeper and produce more realistic characters. There is nothing like hearing their voices to help in the creation of more fully developed characters.
Although I liked the first person version I am continuing in a 3rd person viewpoint as the storyline will become more complicated as it progresses and that will be easier to manage in that viewpoint. Good progress is being made and I may even be ready to send the manuscript out this year. I hope so because I have already got my idea for the next one.
Have you ever participated in the Nano challenge? My first time in November produced the framework for my current novel. I recommend trying it. Writing so many words in a month frees up the blocks which can occur through the normal practise of daily self editing.
When I say to you that this has been one of those times in life when I wish for 48 hours in a day some of you will understand. There have been too many things to do and so little time that my blog has slipped through without a new post from me for days. Normally I try to contribute to the flash fiction and I hope next week to get back to that routine. For now, my novel is calling.