I know I’m a little behind on this, but Happy New Year everyone!
I’m starting 2013 with two big decisions on Amelia.
The first is, I’ll no longer be calling it Amelia. I’ve been using Amelia as a placeholder until the right title came to mind. The official title is now, Long Road Home. This feels good to me and I’m happy to have it finally figured out. There’s a lot of meaning behind it and it fits the story just the way I wanted it to.
The second major decision I’ve made is a biggie! I’m changing the book from 3rd person to 1st person. After writing my NaNoWriMo story in 1st person, I realized that Long Road Home would be better told in 1st person. I’m on chapter 15 of the rewrite, so I’m stopping there and going back to the beginning, and switching it. I could continue from chapter 16 in first person, and then go back and change chapters 1-15 once I’m done with the rewrite, but when I get to the end of the book, I want to do basic edits and be done with it.
I feel overwhelmed with the decision, but it needs to be done. It’s not going to be easy. In fact, I think it’s going to be a bit excruciating, but just like all the other changes I’ve done to this book, I’ll learn a lot and become a better writer because of it. I also know this will add more time to the book, but at this point, time can not be my concern. The story itself should, and is, the upmost of my concerns. And I have to think readers will respect that.
I’m definitely proving the point that writing a book isn’t easy. It’s a labor of love, and the truth of the matter is, if it was easy and not a challenge, I wouldn’t love it so much.
“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” ~Arnold Bennett
Until next time…