ROW 80 is a friendly group that’s there to help writers focus on their writing goals. Each writer decides what they would like to accomplish in the next 80 days. We check in on Sundays and Wednesdays with their “linky tool” and are welcome to adjust our goals as we need to. If you’re late getting started, that’s OK. Round 1 lasts from January 2, 2012 through March 22, 2012.
Chapter Nineteen is rewritten! It’s done! YAY!!!
When I made the decision to divide Book 1 into two separate books, I knew was making the right call, but it has also brought out some issues that I hadn’t anticipated. It’s a good problem, in retrospect. I had some plot threads that I’d planned on drawing out longer than I probably should have. It was nice to have the characters confront each other, rather than allow them to wallow longer than necessary in ignorance.
I’ve been thinking of a conversation I had. Last summer, an old friend of mine made a comment to me about some of his pet peeves concerning female writers. He said, that he could ALWAYS tell when a woman wrote a male character. He said it was obvious. At first, I was annoyed with this buddy of mine, but then he went into more detail. He claimed that women like to make male characters do things that real men would NEVER do. For example, he claimed that men don’t “gaze longingly.” They don’t gaze at all! They stare. They don’t over-analyze relationships. They make decisions. They react to situations. They don’t sit around having conversations about their relationships. Women do that, not men. They don’t normally notice details about what a woman is wearing, etc. They may notice a favorite body part, but that part is NOT a woman’s eyes. 😉 LOL
I tend to agree with all of these statements, especially after talking with my hubby. Even though I tend to think my audience will mostly be women, I’ve tried to be conscious of any men that might read my work. I’ve tried my best to make realistic male characters. I don’t how successful I’ve been, but most of my revisions seem to revolve around my male characters.
Chapter Nineteen was an especially difficult chapter for me, even worse than “The Lost Chapter,” for a number of reasons. I have one character in particular, that tends to give me grief. He’s essential to this chapter and a nice guy. I married a really great man, so I assumed that writing a “nice guy” would be easy. WRONG! Every time I write a scene with this character in it, he starts out looking like a wimp. My female characters would walk all over him if I let them. Poor guy! It’s actually become a running gag at Ye Old Hoffman Haus. I write a chapter with this guy in it, and later I have to go through his scenes shouting, “Give him back his balls!” Yup! I have had to the sound the charge a number of times. Gesh!
So…I’m geeked! I think I finally was able to find the balance I was looking for in this chapter. My male and female characters were able to talk to one another, to say what they needed to say to each other. I actually cried a little as I finished writing this chapter. My female character was able to stay strong. My nice guy wasn’t a doormat or a jerk. Yay! I feel good!!!
Things are wrapping up. Chapter Twenty is my next victim. It’s going to need some major revisions, but I’m excited. It’s a reaction chapter, but I’m working it differently than I was before. It will be better than the original. Another “Yay!” moment! Woo Hoo!!! 🙂
I’m SOOO close to finishing this book. I’m so happy with the amount of support I’ve been given. I couldn’t have gotten this far without the encouragement I’ve been receiving from my family, my friends, and the support of fellow writers and readers.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!