Monday I did a Meyers-Briggs on Grace to make sure I knew her, and when I looked her up in my files, her name was already on the page of her personality type, meaning she’s not changed in ten years. (laugh) Neither has her love interest. That makes me feel pretty good. Half the battle is knowing your character’s responses, and I’m pretty much there. I may not agree with them, especially with Grace, but I know what she’d do. So instead of using Monday in “getting to know you,” I worked up a short synopsis.
Tuesday was breaking it down into about five chapters and writing up the dialog for chapter one, and getting about a third of it changed into actual text before I had to quit for the day. Quick analysis? I’ve got too much info in the first four pages, but it’s a new world and there was a lot I had to set up to make the next four pages make sense–and so on. It’s an action scene, and I that magic was in use was not going to be a surprise, so I had to explain . . . I might push some of it into the next chapter at some point, but it reads okay right now, and I went to bed happy.
Today I’m going to drop Grace (Yep, you heard me. It happens. All the time.) and work up something PRish for the Hollows that needs doing. It’s only going to take a day, and actually it fits into my schedule really well. Grace is patient, and after finding out she hasn’t changed in my mind after a decade even though her story has, I feel confident that I can step from her and come back with little loss of momentum. I know where I’m going with her, which is more than I did/do with Meg. (Meg still feels rusty)
By the by . . . I’ve got a bunch of questions I answered for Harper Teen a few months ago, and I don’t think they used them for their PR, so I might drop one a day at the drama box for the next couple of days while I do nothing but, well, make stuff up to put in my cabinet to hopefully turn awesome. It’s finally cooled off here, and though I don’t smell fall yet, I can hear it in the insects. The natural white noise makes for very good writing.