For the last few weeks I haven’t touched my WIP. I was using lack of time as an excuse. I work a full-time day job and have a seven- and a four-year-old. To top it off, my husband works the late shift, which means I’m the only parent to help with homework, do dinner, and baths. So, as you can tell, writing definitely takes a backseat in the evenings, but it’s not totally impossible.
I just came to the realization that I was using “no time” as my justification not to write on my novel when it was really something else. I love my story idea. I think about it every day…everywhere that I am. I could be at my desk at work or taking a shower, but my mind is on my characters and what they’re doing.
So, you’re probably wondering why I am procrastinating. Well, I am conflicted about my main female character. In creating my outline, before I even started writing, I thought she would be more of a down-to-earth woman who was straight-laced, but as I started to write, she turned on me. Somehow, her personality didn’t quite fit with me or the other characters.
I switched gears, regrouped, and decided that she needed to be a little standoffish, more confident, daring and edgy. Almost on the verge of arrogant, but not so much so that she wasn’t likable. I’ve even changed her name numerous times to fit her personality, which I talked about in a previous blog posting.
I’m happy with the change, but some of the decisions that she will eventually make in the book will certainly portray her as a little naïve. As a career driven, confident woman, I’m not sure how that will fly.
I guess I will take a deep breath and do some writing tonight on my WIP because as we all know, it’s not about you the writer. It’s about your characters and how they play things out. Wish me luck. I can’t use the “no time” excuse any more.