I was rereading Raising Evangeline the other day, all ready to scrap the whole book and start over with a new premise. But I got sucked into the story, and realized that what I have so far isn’t bad. In fact, it’s got good bones. So I’m staying with it, but this time with new energy. Lucy, her daughters, and Evangeline need more depth, and more vision. Right now they are suffering with author’s creep, that place where mediocrity starts eroding their characters because the author loses direction. I’ve decided to make a physical map with circles and lines representing my characters, how they develop, and how they are connected. Maisie Dobbs is always doing this to solve crimes in Jacqueline Winspear’s books. Maisie uses crayons, but I think I’ll use colored pencils with erasers on them. (These didn’t exist in the 1920s.) I want a happy ending, I know that much. It’s the journey I’m unsure about. In any case, I’m sticking with it. Anyway, there’s no rush. Remember how long it took Harper Lee to write To Kill a Mockingbird?
Speaking of books, I’ve made a list of good books to curl up with during the winter season: Ravens in Winter by Bernd Heinrich; Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer; Owl Moon by Jane Yolen; A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy; Tinkers by Paul Harding; A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote: A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas; Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher; The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen; Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton; The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder; The Mitten by Jan Brett; Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin; Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson; Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg; Snow by Orhan Pamuk, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin, Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett, and Trapped, by Michael Northrop.
Any titles of your own?