I’ve only just started reading through my NaNo 2015 novel so that I can see what needs doing to get it tidied up and have a completed first draft done. But I’m already fighting the urge to just start writing what I need. I’ve been going through the begining and I’ve pretty much decided how I want the story to start; that doesn’t mean I’m ready to write though. This is a mistake I’ve made time and time again.
I need to be calm and work this out properly so I know what I need before I start writing it out. I need to think about the beats I want to hit and how I want to play them out. A lot of the begining of the story needs expanding as well as there is a very testing part of the world that my protagonist has to go through before I expand it out to other characters.
I’d really also like to know how I’m going to end the story, in a little more detail. I’ve got the general idea but now that I think about it that part of the ending doesn’t really cover the protagonist. So I need to think through where he’s going to be at the end of the novel. An idea has just come to mind but I’ll see how that works out as I think it out.
There’s a long way to go before I can start writing again. As I’ve said in previous posts, I’m very happy with the middle and I’m fairly confident I know how I want to write the opening. The ending is still a little foggy but I’ve got a little time to think that out.
I’d like to focus on character development as well, I think that’s something I can neglect as I’m chasing the plot. My protagonist definitely needs to thought but so do a couple of the other characters. The antagonist doesn’t need much work I don’t think, but I’m keeping an open mind and will see how becomes across as I’m reading through. There’s secondary characters that I need to have a look at too.
Right, I’ve got to get ready for work. Hopefully I’ll be able to think through a few of these things during the day.