Sickness has really been getting me down, to the point where I haven’t really felt like writing, which is hard because I am in the middle of The End is Nigh challenge over at KiwiWriters.
The story I am working on is historical, but it is quite hard to fill in the gaps. There is a lot of information about the characters and the events, but coming up with a personality for the character and how that is portrayed has been really hard.
Today I plateaued. And I am happy about that. The murder has been written. Now it is all down hill from here. This is where they escape back to Nelson, spend up large and get caught. The murder has been the hardest part to write, and while I have only put the bones of it in, I don’t know if I can really do it justice. Most of the information has come from two of the criminals, and it is conflicting, but from the point of view I am working from, I think I have it sorted out.
I think from now on, it won’t be quite such a struggle to write. Even the court scenes, which are very dry. I think I will have the start of the court appearances, the arrogance of the crims and the pomp and ceremony, but then skip to the verdict, only because I don’t want half of the book to be bogged down with the legal arguments and the countless number of witnesses who were able to place one of the men at a certain place at a certain time.
I was also going to have a perspective from an outside point of view, but I really haven’t pursued this, and to be honest, this stage of the story, I don’t know if I could do justice to a second part of the story.
I do have a nice little twist up my sleeve, which would bring the second point of view in nicely at the end, but don’t know if I can really make him fit comfortably into the story. But I haven’t given up on him altogether – my reporter. I just need to find something that will change him by the end of the story. I have had some suggestions, but they don’t quite seem to gel with the character. Some more thought is required I guess.
This post wasn’t going to be about my historical novel! It was going to be about how I have struggled to write it, but I am happy with where I am at, and I guess I needed to put down a positive after some many negative days.