Look how far I’ve come

6 Mar

After a few days of writing new stuff and going back over things I’ve written in the last few weeks, I’m now re-reading bits of the novel that I wrote months ago – oh how things have changed.  “You’ve shifted your point of view here.” I can hear Janice Galloway say, or “More, more, slow the pace and give us more.”  These are my two big learning points:  I’m writing a 3rd person close narrative, which I didn’t realise until someone told me, so I have to stay close to their pov at all times.  Wasn’t finding this difficult until I break away for half a page half way through the book, now I have to figure out another way to do this scene which my heroine isn’t in.

My other big thing is pace:  everything I write seems to go at break neck speed, which is good for readablility but I’m beginning to appreciate that people also need the opportunity to breath.  Also need to give time and space for my characters to breath, which they are getting in the new stuff, and will get everywhere in the next draft – she says confidently, as if she is nearly finished the first one.

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