Most of my thinking about the book revolved around two things:
- Viewpoint character voice
- Changing the dynamic of the antagonists to ratchet up the level of peril at the start of the WIP.
As I am still working on the background story for this WIP, I get to use that as a playground to try out different things. I need to have the POV characters in this (some of which are POV characters in my WIP) grow from who they are at the start to who they are at the start of my WIP - or at least well on the path to who they would be by the time the events of my WIP take place.
I think I made some headroads into both items. I already had notes on how to tweak the opening scene of my WIP, which consisted of changing the identity of the person who gets killed. I think I've found a way to change the opening from the threat of danger to actual danger. I need to push the most important character in the WIP to his breaking point and I need to do it faster than my current half finished draft accomplishes this.
This same character (in the backstory I'm writing) is about to
Once again, I'm glad I decided to NaNo this year and especially glad I decided to write the backstory to my WIP. It is really helping me learn these characters, or rather how and why they are the characters I've known them to be for so long. It is also through the act of writing, helping me develop concepts that are missing from the WIP that, once added in, will greatly enhance the story.
Next on my thinking about the book list is tackling dialogue, which is currently my mortal enemy.