I planned to finish my first draft today, but it’s not gonna happen.
*Confetti and balloons!*
*Unicorns and glitter!*
No. Not so much.
I ran into (yet another) major problem. As I got closer to the climax and the twists got bigger, I kept falling asleep while writing!
Rather disturbing, no?
Of course, there were excuses: I wasn’t getting enough sleep, I just ate a big meal, I needed more caffeine, I wasn’t getting enough excercise…
And like the good little persistant writer, I kept on going. Grinding my way through my writing time (I had a self-imposed deadline, after all) until I felt like Wile E. Coyote.
I thought about it. And realized I was bored out of my freakin’ mind. Obviously, this isn’t a good situation for a writer.
I don’t want to start over. Again. I thought about it some more and finally figured it out. The problem was with point of view.
I’m writing what I consider to be an epic fantasy, which is traditionally written in multiple single POVs. I set things up that way in my WIP, switching POV with each chapter. But found I wasn’t as invested in the other POV characters or their situations the way I was with my main character.
My MC – her profession, her determination, her abilities, the fact that she hit a lot of points on my sweet spot map – she was why I was writing this story. Plus, I had no problem staying awake writing her scenes.
In keeping with Holly Lisle’s advice, I’ll continue on in my story with this single POV and change everything later in revision.
Oh, help me, Obi-wan.
It’s shaping up to be a massive revision.
What POV do you prefer to write in? Does it change from work to work, depending on the story? For those of you who have completed a first novel: What was writing your first draft like? What sort of things did you change as you discovered what worked for you?