I’m not sure what possessed me to dig out my novel that has been stored in my hard drive for going on a year now…. but I did. Maybe I was just overwhelmed at the task that lied ahead. I had poured as much creativity that I could into 80,000 words and written, what I believe, to be a very unique and empowering story. I struggled with the ending, as I understand many do… but after submerging into George RR Martin’s, Game of Thrones series – I emerged from it pretty enlightened. One of the things I liked about the way he writes, was that he didn’t number the chapters, he simply titled it after whichever character the chapter was mostly about. I found it to be a superb tactic for character development… the plot will always take care of itself if your characters are fully developed. Since I’ve had many exercises in this very department, I wanted to see how his influence affected my novel through these new-found editing eyes.
Since I abandoned my original voice, and have begun a massive edit to change that voice and narrative… I’m happy with the progress I’m making. I’ve only just begun, and I will definitely need a full read, instead of broken by chapters to see how my new glasses are shaping my stagnant novel before it’s ready to be shared. But I am happy to be optimistic about it… Time will tell.