First day back at work after a few weeks of during the Christmas break. Good day; productive. Got a fair bit done, which is always encouraging.
What is more encouraging however was the fact I solved a problem! Specifically – my problem with the two POV character voices I had written sounding identical.
Now a quick disclaimer – I did NOT solve this by suddenly figuring out how to write better and create unique voices for characters. No. I solved this by switching the POV of two of the scenes I had written – from being a villain’s POV, to being an observer’s POV.
This seems to be working far better. Writing from the villain’s POV this early on seemed to diminish the guy from the menace I wanted him to be. He seemed too ordinary, as I needed to deal with ordinary things. But by switching to an observer of the bad guy, it meant I could introduce a temporary POV character to watch the bad guy being creepy and awful. So far it’s proved to be a lot more effective than my original version, and I’m only 500 words in.
Funnily enough it has also solved a separate character problem I had, which is I had a character I wanted to introduce, but couldn’t figure out when to bring him in. Now I have the reason – he’s observing the villain.
Ultimately what this means is I’ll need to discard the earlier version, but I will do that in the editing stage. At this point, I’m leaving it in – there may be some parts I want to keep, and if I start deleting stuff, I’ll never get to the end of the damn book.
Anyway, I count this as a win!
Daily word count: 532 (One more day of 500 and I should have caught up)
Total word count: 11,360