The Scenic Route

So after numerous vacations and house projects it was time to sit down and finish a good portion of book two. I had written a hundred pages but wasn’t exactly thrilled with where I was heading. So before I typed one more word, I wanted to make sure that I was happy with where I taking my characters. That’s who my greatest critic will always be anyways. Myself. So if I wasn’t happy with their story, other people probably wouldn’t like it either.
So I had my laptop open for about 2 weeks straight. I would walk past it sit down and read the previous 2 or 3 chapters and then get up walk around the house and imagine all of the different scenarios possible for the ending of the book. The next day I would do the same exact thing. This is a crucial part, because some people would call this being stuck or stalled. Not me. I needed to make sure that what I was about to put my characters through was believable. That each one would act in accordance to their nature. So I needed to think through the book through each of their own perspectives, to make you feel their emotions.
But wait; Chanda, you might say. Your book written in first person. What does it matter, that you know each of the other characters perspective. I tell you that it is crucial. As a writer, writing in first person you need to live the other character’s as well, and relay their feelings and emotions through my main characters observations, without sounding redundant.

Well needless to say, I have a very wonderful outline that I am quite happy with. But have I ever followed my outline? Not really, but I know what direction I’m heading with each of my supporting characters as well as my main.

It’s o.k. if they take a side route along the way as long as it is moving the plot along or developing/ growing their character. After all books mimic real life. I’ve taken a few scenic roads in life as well.