I have a tendency to disappear from here, don’t I? Don’t worry readers, it’s not you, it’s me.
For the past few weeks I’ve been in a bit of a rut. There are a lot of reasons I’ve been stuck–and not just with writing. I have a lot of fear about the future, about what my life is going to look like. In less than 2 months I’ll be moving out of my apartment, and there’s no concrete answer for where I’ll be moving, or where I’ll be working. I turned 25 and suddenly it felt like all those problems weighed a thousand pounds. It was hard to ignore them, and harder to write.
But after a lot of time thinking, talking, and allowing myself some time to rest without the constant buzz of the internet, I’m back in the game! I’ve finally finished writing those three chapters, and today I finished my edits of Chapter 14! That’s the halfway mark! It feels good to hit a big progress marker, especially when I’ve been feeling so down about the whole process. The end is in sight, if only I can actually motivate myself to work.
I won’t say that I won’t disappear again, because I really think that some time away from the internet is good for everyone. It’s good to unplug, to let your brain function on its own without a thousand other voices. Hopefully from here on out it will be smooth, creative sailing on the river of revision!
It occurred to me this morning that for all the talking about my novel I do on this blog, I’ve never told you all what it’s about! Here’s a short explanation:
Weird things are happening in Cilandia–weird lights, disappearances, and a revolution on the horizon. After a non-traditional childhood, estrangement, and an unexpected marriage the three Cooper sisters must come together to investigate what’s really happening–and in the process, solve the mystery of their family’s past. They soon realize that there is more going on than meets the eye, and that they are the only ones who can put things right. Can they put aside their differences long enough to save the world?
I’ve written the book in first person. Each sister gets a POV chapter, so we get varying views of what’s going on in Cilandia, and of the sisters themselves. One of the major things I wanted to play with in this book is how we see ourselves vs how our family sees us. I think so often, especially among siblings, you form a picture of who they are and don’t really notice when they grow and change. Or, in the case of the two older sisters in the book, harsh words can taint your relationship for a long time. As much as The Cooper Sisters (working title, I promise they’ll be a better one eventually!) is about adventure and saving the world, it’s also about family, love, and friendship.
Yesterday I started the process of adding three chapters to my book. Even before I started editing I knew this was coming, I just wasn’t sure where. Yesterday when I saw that I had a gap of about a month where my characters were silent, I knew where the chapters had to go.
For two of my characters I know exactly what I want them to do. It isn’t a stretch to add a few more adventures into their story, and I think it will end up adding a lot to their character development and to how readers see their relationship. But that last chapter…that’s going to be tricky. Rose, the POV character in that chapter, is in jail, more or less waiting for something to happen. Thanks to the way I’ve structured my novel, there is no way I could add just one or two chapters. The story is told from three point of view characters that rotate over and over again in the same order–if I wanted to add just two chapter it would seriously disrupt the flow of the novel. After a lot of thinking, rereading, and planning I think I’ve figured out what to do with her. It’s going to require a little shuffling, but hopefully it will all pay off in the end.
It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve done any actual writing as opposed to editing and rewriting, so I’m pretty pumped about getting into these three chapters. It’s going to be good to slip into my characters again and have a little fun!