The last day of September, huh? I knew it had been a while since I had written here, but I didn’t think it was that long.
I’ve been busy with the usual computer stuff as well as struggling with Legend‘s re-write. While I have the organization and structure pretty much done, I’m having a hard time with characters. I’m only hearing and feeling them sporadically. And if that is happening to me, I know my readers will have an even worse problem with them. I can’t have that.
But I’m also tired of my lack of process. So last night, I quieted myself and thought about writing. Soon I had a couple paragraphs on my IPod. But they weren’t from Legend, they were from Spirit. Yes, I’ve gone back and forth between those two books. Feeling that one was more ready than the other. Maybe that’s true in terms of completeness, but not in terms of the characters. I just finished a binge on Spirit that lasted most of last night and into today minus the few hours I needed for sleep and other real life necessities. I haven’t be that passionate and excited about my writing in a long while. And, more importantly, I haven’t heard my characters that loudly or clearly.
So what does this mean? Well, for now, Spirit is the lead book again. How is this time from the last time I said that? Well, it’s going to take a lot more for me to change my mind about this. I need Spirit‘s story to establish the 21st Century characters before throwing them into the chaos of Legend. I don’t have time to establish their voice and relationships when I’m trying to do the same thing for the 26th Century characters. My only regret is that I didn’t convince my stubborn self of this sooner. That way, I wouldn’t have wasted yet another year.