I’ve been writing. I’ve been writing/revising/brainstorming nearly every day (if not every day) of 2010. Okay, so we’re only on day 13. Still. I also started back in December on this revision, so I’ve been at it for a while.
I’m working to integrate a new subplot, remove a few other plot threads, and I’ve combined a few characters, which means the relationship vibe between many of the characters has change.
It’s like The Novel 2.0 or writing the alternate universe version of the original manuscript.
It’s also a lot of fun.
But here’s the thing: the spine remains essentially the same, but what the characters do and how they react to each other has changed. So, same problem = different solution.
This is also fun. But here’s where it gets weird. The other day, while I was walking to the car after work, I was pondering one of those plot problems and thought:
“Wow, MacKenna had a really good solution for that.”
Yes, that’s right. My character, a fictional creation, is thinking up answers to the story’s plot problems. Or at least, that’s how I apparently view it in my mind.
This is why I haven’t been blogging much either. At some point, MacKenna might just take that over too.
2 responses to “This is my brain … on revision”
If the characters are taking over the story, then you’re on the right track. Some may differ in opinion, but I say, who knows your story better than the people in it?
Good luck on the revisions.
I think that shows that you are really starting to get inside your characters heads – or they are really getting inside or yours. Either way, you understand them and that can only make for a better story. Good luck with your revisions.