Birth of a Novel January 2013 Progress with Flaws

I believe I’m going to start doing my Birth of a Novel posts just on the second Thursday of each month. It will make the labeling easier and I may have more to report by waiting a month.

Since it’s been a few weeks, let’s see if I can get caught up. Hm, yep, that about sums it up.

No writing so to speak until this past Monday, but the last few days have been a flurry of words. I’ve been working extensively on Fade Into Me. See the lovely word counters over in the sidebar? I had hoped to get it finished before ABNA, but that’s not going to happen. And that’s just fine.

The story is shaping up well. The first 100 pages are fairly polished even. That was Monday.

Tuesday I hit the end of the previous writing and reached the point where everything must be rewritten. I sort of dreaded it, but the last two days went well in spite of that. Why? Because I made myself sit down and keep writing. Whenever I got stuck I sat there and thought about my characters. What would they do in this situation. I mean really?

You see, I had stopped working on this wip because my characters changed (and it was boring). I’ve spent half a year thinking about them as individuals instead of as a couple. I discovered their fears and secret hopes, but most importantly I found their flaws. The previous draft was boring because there was no conflict.  Ryanne couldn’t trust people, but Carter was perfect. Turns out that makes for a really annoying love interest.

Ryanne still finds it hard to trust because she now has some really dark things in her past. She also has some serious abandonment issues. But the real power boost to the story is Carter’s flaws. He went from the attentive romantic to arrogant, stubborn, and blind to his own heart because he’s always sought to fulfill his duty. It’s providing a lot of great internal conflict as well as some punchy arguments. πŸ™‚

My plan for the next month is simple. Write, write, write. I need to stay busy because February is so close and yet so far away! I’d love to reach THE END of this story before The Magic Wakes is released.

Which brings me to my question for you…

Would you like to host a blog tour post for me?

I had a blogger who needed to bow out of the blog tour. It wouldn’t be a big deal, but they were the only one who chose to do the playlist post. I’ve already written it and could just post it myself, however, if anyone else wants to host it on their blog, I’d love to send it to you. Just shoot me an email. First come, first serve. πŸ™‚ charity.bradford @

UPDATE: I really have the best blogging buddies EVER! I had two offers before I woke up this morning. Rachel Morgan grabbed the music post. Thank you!


About charitybradford

Science fiction and fantasy writer and blogger. My first novel is now available--The Magic Wakes (WiDo Publishing, 2013)

Posted on January 10, 2013, in Birth of a Novel, Blog Tour, Fade Into Me, Questions. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Anyone else emailed yet? Well, I'll email just in case πŸ™‚

  2. Glad you resolved the issue by creating issues for the characters. (Interesting how that works, isn't it?)And I'm already set to host you on February 15.

  3. I'm so excited! How do you stand waiting for the book release?? You've done it twice now.

  4. You were the first email I received! I'm emailing you now.

  5. I hate when I get bored by my characters. Then it means I'm boring. LOL.

  6. It is so hard when characters get boring. I had a great idea for a book, and fizzle. It happens, so I'm really glad you found a new way to think of them.

  7. Thanks Rena! It took so long, but the story kernel for this book was so compelling. I just had to get the characters right in order to live the plot I had planned. Today Ryanne threw me for a loop though. She REMEMBERED long before she was supposed to. Heh, heh, sorry to be such a tease, but I can't help it.

  8. I know! And that's such a hard blow for our egos to take. It's good when we realize we really aren't boring and put more of our darkest deepest secrets into our characters to wake them up!

  9. sadly I've had to leave characters behind when either they or the plot became too boring to write. Sometimes I think of them sitting where I've left them, waiting for their lives to resume…poor things.

  10. Good luck with the characters! Sometimes they can be so misleading…you think you have them all figured out…until you realize you don't. πŸ˜›

  11. Good luck with your characters, I hope you are able to meet your goal of finishing this novel before Magic Wakes comes out! Looking forward to the blog tour. πŸ™‚

  12. LOL, they just threw me another curve ball, but at least it's making for an interesting story.

  13. I'm starting to think I had NO IDEA. Not a great feeling half way through a story. LOL.

  14. Oo, I know the feeling! I've got two that have been sitting for almost 10 years. The poor things may never have their story told, but it's not my fault they're so timid!

  15. Isn't it funny how perfection IS boring? LOL. Sounds like you're on the right track with making Carter less boringly perfect!

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