I finally finished weaving the dropped plot thread and character development arc into the manuscript. I’ve added a lot more content and the story definitely feels richer now. The characters are interacting more than before and the dynamics that shape the future events are in play. At almost 25,000 words into the manuscript, things are feeling solid.
At the same time, when I reflect on how much more story needs to be told, I realize I have a long way to go yet. This will be a very big book. There’s no way around it. I’m not sure what the final word count will be, but I’m sure it will be well over 100,000 words. If it’s not, I’ll be surprised.
I watched the mini-series Emma on Hulu and one of the things that I noted is how Glynis and Emma have similar character traits, but are opposite sides of the coin. Both had zero desire to marry, had very comfortable homes, they’re both very outspoken, self confident, and believed that they are correct in everything. Whereas Emma was consumed with what’s proper, Glynis was consumed with how to break away from all things proper. Even more entertainingly is how they tend to not see the truth about their circumstances or the people around them, but are convinced they do. If the two characters ever met, I’m sure they’d dislike each other immensely. Watching Emma, I really appreciate how Jane Austen made a very unlikable character somehow likable. I suppose, in a way, I’ve done the same thing with Glynis (though there are some who HATE her).
As I have spoken about previously on this blog, I suffered a nervous breakdown in August 2015. It definitely affected my ability to write. A lot of my healing has come from watching shows with compelling storylines. By breaking down why the stories work, my brain has been able to reboot my creativity. For a while I thought it was lost. It was really a big help to watch Regency era dramas. I had done so much research in the past for the novels, but it felt like that portion of my brain had the lights off. Watching the dramas has helped light that area back up. All that information has been bubbling back to the surface and Glynis’s world feels even more tangible.
Anyway, one of my favorite scenes tonight was Ignatius and Glynis sharing a quiet moment. I love their interaction.
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