So, after months and months—almost a full year—of procrastination, I finally did what I think is right for my writing. I killed two of my darlings. Two that I have been trying to write for almost four years now, and that for the past year, almost, have done me nothing good. They’re never going to go anywhere, so they’re a distraction, and not even a good one.
I finally came to terms with that and let them go. I’m going to write the two poor characters a happily ever after on Monday, and then I’ll move on.
I hope. These two are hard to leave behind. But I’m pretty sure this is what I need to do.
Meanwhile, on cheerier notes, I’m still working on the planning for my November NaNoNovel. World-building is going pretty well. Slow and painful, but as well as I’d expect. My characters are also coming along quite nicely, though also fairly slowly. Two of the four protagonists have almost-fully-developed personalities and have joined the herd of other characters that feel like they might be alive in my head. The other two are…coming much more slowly. My villain, too, is still mostly flat and lacking any personality, but I’m not too worried. I have time.
I’ve also been working on a short story, both to help flesh out the backstory of one of the characters, and to keep myself writing until November. Somebody told me this story is one of my best works so far, but I don’t really believe that it doesn’t need quite a bit of work. I do agree it’s better than a lot of my other writing, though. I’m trying to remind myself to properly describe things, and the short story is way more exciting than anything I’ve written.
For some reason, I never seem to have much action. Just dialogue. It’s kind of boring. So this novel I’m planning, I want to be far more exciting. There’s going to be sword-fights and…other cool stuff. (I did say I’m not writing an outline, didn’t I? I’m not planning everything!)
My novel is basically a twist off of your stereotypical, “Prophesied Chosen One has to save the world from the ultimate evil”. I thought it would be interesting if the oracles and prophecies were more everyday things, and how they’d affect things, and it basically turned into this world where the prophecies basically rule everything. It’s also very interesting to see how the setting affects my characters’ motives and goals. It’s actually fascinating to build this world, and I’m definitely very excited to write it this November.