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The Parts I’m Enjoying
The Interesting Storyworld
My story is essentially an alternate Spain, and it’s interesting to not only explore elements I invented, like fairy gifts, but things like wealth distribution which has always been an element of a society. More than that, we’re looking into a world facing the repercussions of supernatural beings trying to enforce racial diversity, and some of the consequences.
All four of the main characters either appear to or say they do some things for different reasons than what are their actual motivations.
The main characters also all have their reasons to dislike one another or struggle with working together, but they choose to work together anyway. Which ties back, again, to their deceptive motivations.
The Parts Where I’m Struggling
Blogging is easy because it is my voice, and there have been some characters who it has been a delight to write because they are humorous and fun, but this one is hard. It’s boring and stilted and it’s a good portion of the reason I’m considering not continuing drafting after my July goal is met.
Quest and Travel
It’s hard to pace journeys. You can’t skip the fact that they’re in transit but nothing interesting happens out in the shrubbery, which makes for disproportionately long scenes before they go to bed, and that kind of thing. It’s hard to find a balance in the pacing.
It’s really easy to write long conversations, but it’s hard to balance it with description and action when they either don’t add important information or simply infodump everything I want to say at once. It’s rather ugly, at this point.
Writing What I Don’t Know
More than that, the core of the worlds I built involve me describing cultures, religions, languages, landscapes, and people I know very little about. It’s rather off-putting and kind of makes the entire story boring and blank because all I have is my own perspective. I know I can research, but it’s hard to tell what is worth researching, too. It leaves you kind of lost.
Overall, I’m confident that I’m going to be able to finish this draft, but after that, I’m not convinced that this is a project I’d like to keep pursuing. And that’s okay. Until then, I’ll keep plugging.