I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog and twitter lately (I’ve been posting lots of photos on facebook, but that’s mainly because we’ve been away from home, staying in a caravan, and the beach and country scenery is really quite lovely and must be shared :))
There’s pretty much no internet where we are staying… so my work (both day job and writing) must be done in snatches of time in cafes and the library – and not having the access in the afternoons and evenings means there is much time for thought. Especially when rain is battering off the roof!
One of the things I hoped to achieve during our time here (two months, from mid-August to mid-October) is to complete the first draft of my second novel (a standalone story that after a few false starts, feels like the one I *have* to write now…) And although the physical setting is working well for prolific writing, I am struggling with something more technical…
I can’t get the tone right.
I wrote almost 6,000 words – and when I read it back, I felt that my main character’s voice was too ‘light’ for what was going on, and for what was about to happen… so then I wrote on past the 6k, changing to first person POV and a darker mood, trying to see if I could dig deeper and get the creepy feeling I was hoping for… now she just sounds miserable! So I am going back to the end of the 6k, and I’m going to re-write the the next bit in the original way… I’m hoping that once the bad stuff starts to happen, the sunny disposition of my main character will disappear quick sharp… and as I keep writing on, these things will sort themselves out (when I am further into the story – which I have outlined, and have many notes for, but still leaving plenty of room for manoeuvre…)
Does anyone else suffer like this when starting out on a new piece of work? Would love to hear your thoughts!