I wrote the first draft of this novel about a year ago in third person with minimal description of things related to the time period (since I hadn't finished doing the research). I figured that would be easy enough to add in later. Last spring I did a huge amount of research and began rewriting the story in first person. If told in first person, this story has to be told with multiple points of view because no one is present for all parts of it. To complicate things further, the story cannot be told from the main character's point of view because of what happens to her in the story.
This morning (it's actually Monday that I'm writing this), after getting feedback from my teen (who would make a brilliant editor some day if she didn't loathe the idea of it so much), I figured out precisely how to execute it.
Insecurities to me means things we doubt about ourselves or our abilities. I never thought this was something I couldn't do; I just hadn't figured out exactly how I was going to do it until this morning. Part of the job we have as writers is to experiment with different ways to tell a story until we find the one that's just right. So instead of feeling insecure this morning, I feel incredibly excited to resume work on this very challenging novel.
I'm very grateful for the brutally cold weather this morning (-1 with -30 wind chills) to keep me and my kids inside. I'm declaring it a writing day punctuated with lots of fun (puzzles, animated movies, and Nerf gun wars in the living room).
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