As mentioned I’m working on yet another edit. It’s sounding so much better and this time I’m hitting all those little bits that while I wasn’t happy with last time, I glided over because they weren’t ‘that bad’. And they’re reaalllllyyy annoying me. I want them fixed already!! I want to be writing the next book!! …*sigh*
It’s silly because each change I make only improves it. But it just feels like it’s taking sooo long. Yet I only officially finished the draft in April and it’s now June. Really if been practical about it, I’m charging through it. I guess it’s due to how I approach things – which is another post in its own!
Anyway back to the main issue. I wrote the book as a fun story for myself and three close friends. The only problem now is that I need to make the characters a bit ‘spunkier’ because while in real life we’re very much on the same wavelength when it’s written in a book you need to make them ‘own it’. So these are the angles I’m working on for each character.
Loi’s character I’ve merged with a character from Sailor Moon (my absolute fav anime *giggle* are you seeing a theme yet?) and with a few more characters from various books. You wouldn’t be able to pick them out but it creates a person who’s pretty awesome (do NOT mess with Loi *grin*).
Sian is actually pretty true to form and that’s possibly due to her been a little bit evil *grin*. Well in my eyes (and hers) she’s just practical, but so many people out there are more emotional than practical and this means that if you saw our thoughts you might be alarmed *lol*. I really love writing Siany’s POV.
Catherine is the character I based on myself (she has red hair & green eyes! *woo*) and I’ve made her a bit goofy. My friends find it amusing as they apparently see me as elegant (and that was the sound of me hitting the floor while I laugh uproariously – sometimes I wonder about them!). I’m still trying to work out where I can write a scene about me and the lantern (true story).
Kassie is based on my darling friend Sandra who is the sweetest girl ever but with absolute steel underneath it all. She can seem a bit naïve but under no circumstances should that fool you! You’ll be in a choke hold before you can blink *grin*.
True story bout BE (Sandra’s nickname in real life), she once got jumped on by a mugger in a car park. Being only 5 foot tall she naturally falls over and in her mind is scolding herself for been so klutzy. Then she clicks that someone’s on her back. Long story short, she ends up a little mussed from the fall and he receives a broken wrist and ribs..*hehehe*
So my task now is to re-write the sections which don’t do their characters justice!