It has been a while, and time for another update!
While I finished the first draft of my novel, I am currently undergoing rewrites and revisions. Towards the latter half of the novel, I realized that I finally found my literary ‘voice’ that was not yet fully formed in the first half of the novel. The majority of these revisions are simply modifying the prose so that it is consistent with the writing style I managed to perfect in the second half.
This also provides me with an opportunity to revisit the story with fresh eyes and go over what works and what doesn’t. Some characters who grew to be major players in the overall plot had arbitrary introductions, and I would like to add greater depth to them in the beginning. There was also a rushed feeling to the first half, perhaps due to the fact that I wrote the first half of the story by hand first–thus resulting in events proceeding unnaturally fast.
For example, the major characters are introduced, the main antagonist appears, and the inciting incident all happen within seven pages. Very rushed indeed. So now I’m taking my time, developing the world more, and giving the characters the space they deserve to breathe and grow without feeling like they’re on rails and being rushed through the plot.
Personal crises and loss have fallen upon myself in the past few months, but I’m taking them as added knowledge and experience that I can now breathe into my novel. I have a greater sense what it’s like to lose someone dear, and that will now find itself being expressed through the characters as they too are faced with hardship.
Of course, this means some events will need to be cut because too much happens too soon. I understand this is all part of the creative process, and I am still just as excited for my future readers to explore this world I’m creating. With my third semester at McGill coming to a close, I now have a good month or so to fully dedicate myself to restructure the first half of my novel. Hopefully this will result in the next incarnation to be ready sometime in January of February!