Wednesday, January 15, 2014
I'm in the home stretch of my WIP. I've worked on the flow. I've cut out repetition. My dialogue sparkles. But it still needs a little work. I need to make my minor characters as rich and full as my main character.
On my latest pass, I'm working on the love interest. Some crit comments focused on my leading lady being a bit too generic. And they were right. While my leading lady has a rich inner life, I wasn't bringing it out nearly enough. So I went back to the drawing board. I did more research on her interests. And in this revision, I'm looking for opportunities to showcase the character tics that my MC loves. Those character traits that make him fall in love with her and hence, let the reader fall in love with him.
And it's really fun. I feel like I'm at the point after you move -- the room is painted, the furniture in place, the window treatments hung -- and you stop at a flea market and find the perfect accessory for the spot above the bookcase. The point where everything starts to fit.
Here's to getting fit in 2014!