It’s mid-week, and we’re on the uphill climb toward seasonable temps. Again. Who likes waking up to temperatures within 10 degrees of freezing a week before Memorial Day? Granted, we do live in MN, and having snow after May Day is not unheard of, but we had a week of “OMG, it feels like summer”, then “OMG, is it fall already?”, to “OMG, it’s too darn hot and sticky for May”, and now “WTF, Memorial Day is a week away and there’s frost warnings? Glad I didn’t plant my tomatoes or peppers yet”.
The cooler weather has been good for walks–not too hot or cold. Walks are always good for communing with the muses, and my Muse. There’s something about the process that fuels creativity and encourages brainstorming. One of my writing sisters calls it “walking meditation”. Today’s walk along a trail took me through a small wooded area resplendent in fresh spring greenery, columbine and violets, Canada geese lounging on a pond shore, and the highlight of my walk: two pairs of geese guarding their broods. There’s nothing quite like a gander hissing at you, and wondering if he feels threatened enough–even though you’re trying to be non-threatening–to charge. Luckily, he didn’t.
During my walk, I brainstormed about my WIP, since I’m working on the first round of revision. Then I realized what my MC was missing. I know her core fear, but the cause of that fear wasn’t as concrete as it needs to be to create a believable character. She needs a change in her backstory, which will change her character. It won’t be a huge change, but the added facet to her backstory will change how she behaves and reacts in certain situations. Sigh. Better now, though, than after half a dozen rounds of revision.
Have you completed a draft with a character, started revising, and discovered the character needs to be a different sort of person than s/he started out to be? Did you make the discovery before you’d gotten too far through the revision process, or did you get to the critique or beta reader stage, then have to go back and revise all over again?
I’ve only gotten through the first few scenes, so it won’t take too much to go back and make sure my MC acts and reacts based on her augmented backstory.
For those who are gardeners, especially in Zones 3 and 4 (you know who you are), Memorial Day weekend marks the safe time to plant the garden without fear of frost (unless you’re in North Dakota or northern MN). Get those seeds and plants in!