I’m closing in on my current work in progress. I’m so close to the end that I can actually visualize myself typing “the end” there. I want so badly to just get the thoughts from my head onto the page so I can go back through and do revisions.
Alas, typing takes time.
Just because I know where the story is going and how it gets there, it doesn’t necessarily mean I’ve thought through all the words to describe each event correctly. Also, there’s one event coming that I need to think about/do some research on so that I get the details pretty close to right, because it will most definitely matter to the story.
But I’m getting there!
And then I can take a fresh look at my previous WIP before doing final revisions on it.
It never ends, but that’s a good thing.
So onto other thoughts…
I’ve been listening to audio books while I get ready for the day, do laundry, cook, even while I write sometimes. This is something I’ve done for a while now, just as a way to disengage my mind from the actual work of writing. Believe it or not, I think better when there are steady outside distractions like that. One bang distracts me. Constant drumming and I’m in the zone. Sometimes it’s music, sometimes a movie in the background (Often one of the Star Wars films, or possibly Phantom of the Opera), and sometimes it’s an audio book. Lately it’s been the audio book.
The thing about it is, I listened to a book that I didn’t know until later was a sequel/companion book to a completely different book that I’ve never read before. It was wonderful, engaging, and a very good book. So much so, that when I discovered it was a sequel/companion book, I hurried to find the original.
I’ve been listening to it.
It’s good. It is not amazing. This kind of seems strange to me, because a lot of what is unique about the one I read first (which was the sequel/companion book) is told from another character’s point of view. This book is the same events, as well as some additional one, from the point of view of the character whom all these unique things are taking place. You would think that would make this a great way to read a book, because I got the less detailed version first, then read the more detailed version. Instead, it seemed (most of the way through) kind of dead in comparison.
It has gotten better as it has gone, for sure. This makes me wonder if the story was started in the wrong point, or if the character is less likable, or what.
How can a story told from the other person’s point of view be so much more engaging than when the same story is told from the point of view of the character most affected?
It has made me wonder about some of my own stories. Would Faerie Queen have been better if told from Cecilia’s point of view? Would the Non-Vampire stories have been better from Jessica’s? It has me doubting my current story, as well, though it is actually a dual POV.
I don’t know. I do know the original book (not the sequel/companion book) is still a good book, but it seems flat in comparison. So maybe part of it is the lack of newness to the events. I know that has to be part of it. But I also just think the other character was a better narrator for that particular story. It is just interesting to see.
I’m going to go contemplate the mortality of the crab. Everyone have a great weekend!