NaNoWriMo is coming! T-minus 4 days and counting. I am pretty nervous, especially since I have already been falling behind on my manuscript as it is. I am not even through the end of Act 1, which is where I should be at this point. In my defense, I have been recovering from a wicked cold, work has been slammed busy, and I had a minor catharsis (yeah, I know) and have decided to switch my perspective to first person after all. I originally started writing in third person limited, but I really think my character’s voice deserves to be the one telling the story, rather than an external narrator. Maybe I am just taking too much of a cue from Diana Gabaldon and Margaret Atwood. I guess I feel more strongly about the first person perspective than I had originally thought. I originally intended to keep my options open in future books by creating third person limited perspective characters, but now I think it might be a stronger story from first person. And I am not opposed to the interesting challenge of doing multiple first person perspectives if I do decide to switch it up in later books.

I am no going to go back and revise though. I will just switch to first person and push forward and go back and fix the first 40ish pages after I get through my first draft. This draft is really rough, anyway. That means that my freshly posted excerpt will eventually be rewritten. So, now I have to get over the fear of changing my writing style and push forward, and I need to do it quick because NaNoWriMo is starting! It is totally masochistic to try to participate in NaNoWriMo as a practicing lawyer coming into the busy season (fall is busy for us because clients want to get their deals wrapped up by year end). That said, I’m going to give it my best shot!


About this Photograph: This photograph was taken at home of a needlepoint project that I completed this year (2013).

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