Even though the story I’m working on now was written about 9 months ago, most of the characters in it have been jumping around in my brain since 2004.
I’ve realized that knowing my characters makes revising the story so much easier. It’s nice to ponder different plot decisions and think, “That couldn’t happen because I know Character 1 would never do that!” When I don’t know my characters I feel less certain about what they would do and wouldn’t do in certain situations.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. The novel I’m currently revising is called XIII: Strophe and it’s an urban fantasy – the prequel to a much longer series involving a evil, mystical being and the two young adults who are attempting to take him down.
I do not plan on submitting this novel to a publishing house, nor do I plan on self-publishing. The XIII series has always been a “practice ground” for me, so I’ll eventually post it on critique sites like FictionPress as “promotional” writing.
Because I use this novel series to practice writing, it’s a lot more fun to write and revise because I don’t feel a huge need to be a perfectionist with it (which I shouldn’t feel anyway, but that’s another post). I do plan to get it as good as I possibly can before posting it because I can’t stand to put a shoddy piece of work online.
The XIII series was also my first (and last) adventure in collaborative writing. The main thing I learned about writing with someone else is DO NOT get too attached to your work. Chances are, you and your co-writer will butt heads over character development, plot problems, or anything else, and sometimes your ideas will have to be thrown out. The other thing I learned about collaborative writing is (this is pretty obvious) you MUST be able to work well with your co-writer. Just like any relationship, you’re going to have fights every once in a while, but if you’re not getting any joy out of the experience, it’s time to move on.