After reaching a stalemate with the second novel in The Carrick Letters (why are events so hard to orchestrate sometimes?), I’ve decided to spend some quality time with the first novel in the series. The good news: I still am happy with what I currently have. This is momentous since it’s been about three years since there was any sort of overhaul.
But, as usual, the itch has returned and I’m back to some tinkering. Nothing major and nothing plot-changing, but refining the techniques I used has become irresistible.
As I’ve mentioned before, the novel is comprised of letters from the narrator of the first novel to the protagonist of the second. What I like about it is how it allows for emotional snapshots. The narrator, Shaelynn, may write fondly of another character in one letter but then utterly despise that same character a few letters later. Or see only the bad in a situation one time but realize the good that has come out of it the next. And this is what I’m tinkering with. Making the most of these emotional snapshots and the letter technique in general.
Of course, I always laugh at myself and wonder why I can’t just leave the novel alone for once. Why do I have the urge to make changes, even if its just to commas, every single time I open the document? Perhaps that is just part of what it is to be a writer. It’s my baby, and I want to make sure it’s the best it can be. After all, it’s a little piece of me.
How have your writing endeavors going? Are you able to leave your stories alone after you think they’re done?