Since my last Writerly Rambling, which you can find here, a lot has changed. First of all, I no longer have to revise so I have a lot more time to focus on reading and writing! However, I am furiously ignoring my first work in progress because I just don't have any motivation to finish it, which is a shame as I really liked it in the beginning. I always end up doing that, and it really annoys me! Does anyone else struggle to power through to the end of a story?
BUT - I have now planned three out of five books in the series! And I have ideas for the fourth one, too.
BUT BUT - I am now at that horrible stage where I am doubting myself. The moment I've looked forward to in my third book now seems rushed, the plot seems too complicated to work, and I'm changing a lot of the first book - introducing a new point of view, a new sub plot, and generally changing most of the plot in the middle whilst trying to reach the same ending. Because I've had such a break from writing, I'm struggling to find my 'voice' so to speak, but I'm hoping if I keep pushing through it I'll get back into it again.
Writing is such a relaxing hobby! (She lies...)
Somehow, I've actually managed to start writing, and so far I'm trying to get used to the world and the characters. There are parts that I'm not too happy with already, but I'm attempting to remember that this is just a first draft, and there are bound to be sections that aren't that great; that's what editing is for! I also think I need a prologue now that I've started writing, but that will wait until I've finished the story.
I'm not going to lie, the first chapter is essentially two of my characters being the sassy and sarcastic characters they are, but it was fun to write so for now it's staying as it is.
Here is the first line of the story, which I think sums up the relationship between my protagonist and her friend very well:
Esme Arnmore pounded her fist against the door. “Jay Fredicks, if you don’t get out of this house in one second I am leaving without you!”
Let me know how your work in progress is going! Are you outlining, writing, or editing? What's your favourite part of your WIP so far?
Thanks for reading(: