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It's hard going. Just about 600 words so far, infill. And I am hating my characters. Why would anyone like them??


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Mar. 5th, 2005 02:30 am (UTC)
Maybe it's okay if they aren't likable. It's full-bloodedness that counts most--

I have similar worries--but I worry that all my sub-characters are interchangable...
Mar. 5th, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
I wouldn't mind so much that they were not likeable if at least they were interesting. They are reminding me of characters in a LifeTime movie.
Mar. 5th, 2005 03:03 am (UTC)
:) LifeTime?

Give them each a quirk...

(I think I have the same problem with my sub-characters--they aren't as interesting as their families, and it's in their families where the quirks are...but how to punch them up so late? Who knows? I just keep going.

Then I start the third revision. This is like a hamster-wheel, sort of.

Mar. 5th, 2005 04:22 am (UTC)
Initially I thought my main character had...character. But she has become more a caricature. And her family. I've tried to add something to them but it isn't going well!

I keep thinking that I just have to get over this so I can write something real. That if I keep going eventually I will get past the sludge.
Mar. 5th, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC)
What I found most useful during that month was that I didn't have time for all those second thoughts.

If I found myself thinking, this is awful, I'd shut up my fussy editor (who apparently hates my work and thinks I shouldn't even try) and keep going.

Amazing how well it worked, to just keep going.

Finally, (and even now!) my internal editor went away, but not far away. She's sulking, but I will need her later, on the third revision, so I told her to shut up for now but stick around, and I told her I like what I'm doing, and it's fun.
Mar. 5th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's the point of the limited time, so I haven't let it stop me from writing. I will keep on even if it is totally useless. It is really the experience of going at it that matters most this month.

Still, I am going to dip into one or two of my books on writing, see if I can get some kind of inspiration on what to do with these characters. At least make it easier, give them something to do, something to want. That's where I need to focus.
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