A couple of days ago, I had an epiphany.
I was about 50k into this draft of Shaede, and finding myself frustrated, though I couldn’t really figure out why. I was doing some reading and it hit me – the damn thing was in the wrong point of view.
I tend to always write in third person for novels. I don’t know why. I just do. And I think, for this series, third just doesn’t work. So I sat down and hammered out a rough rewrite of the first chapter in first person, asked for a few opinions.
Yeah. It needs to be in first person.
This is going to add on rewriting of what I already have, and probably at least another draft or two to really get Sy’s voice right. But it’s been flowing really well, and I’ve been seriously looking forward to sitting down and writing every day.
Most days lately I’ve been struggling to get to 1k words, checking and rechecking my word count as I meandered up to my daily word count goal of 2k. These days three days, working in first person, I blink and I’m at 2k.
Today has been a bit harder, because I’m randomly fatigued (probably weather changes, since there’s a cyclone bearing down up north) and pain levels are higher than lately, but I still got to 2.6k in a session and may come back to finish off the 4k chapter later on today.
I might be crazy, but this is working and it’s right.