Sunday, July 25, 2010
I guess that was the self-indulgent part.
As for the update: Thank you once again for all of your suggestions on my writing crisis last week. Based on suggestions (and that dreaming-to-waking transition creativity), I settled on two courses of action—the assorted expository hint through the first half-dozen chapters and a brief study session between my MC, her BFF (the abbreviation makes me cringe, but it's true), and two randomly generated people for purposes of exposition. It currently fits neatly on 4 pages (less than 1000 word). While it's a little boring in that expository-dialogue-y way, it could be much worse, and it's punctuated by my MC's narrative voice making fun of the situation. Hopefully it's not painful to read. And nothing's set in stone. It's not like it's going to print any time soon :)
I can also make one of those extra people useful, of course. He'll bring lots of extra conflict into my MC's life long after this new guy disappears. His involvement should also help (hopefully) to resolve one of my crit reader's complaints about my MC's lack of flaws. It will at least make her more interesting.
On a tangential note, last week while walking to class I was listening to my "soundtrack". It's not really a soundtrack, since it doesn't actually connect to events in the story. It's more like a song or two that seem to portray a character's voice. One song came on, making me feel painfully nostalgic for a character that doesn't appear in WIP-1, but only in 2 and 3. I've vowed to focus on #1 for now until I'm a bit happier with the flow, etc., but the song made me literally miss my character. I listened to it over and over and over. *sigh* Oh, Zoe.... we'll meet again someday.
Do you ever miss your characters when you take a break from your WIP, or after you finish it? Or am I just nuts?