Return to Grace

Hello Lovelies,

This week I have been busy working on the second chapter of József’s story, doing some research and making a pleasing amount of progress. This chapter is about József trying to figure out how he can apologise to Anna and return to her good graces. If you’re not sure who Anna is, she was introduced last week, you can read about her <<here>>.

I’m also in the process of debating whether I should change the story so it is told by a narrator or whether this story should be written from multiple POV. The reason I am considering these options is because the more I explore the character of Anna, the more I am beginning to realise that the story I have been referring to as József’s story, is in fact József and Anna’s story.

In the beginning, their stories are relatively their own, but as the story progresses their own individual stories become increasingly intertwined until it becomes one. I would preferably like the story to be written from multiple POV rather than narrated, as in my experience I am able to become better connected with characters and a story if it is written from the character’s POV. However, in saying this, writing from multiple POV is not an easy task and I guess it’s kind of hit-or-miss, it’s either done well or it’s terribly confusing for the reader.

So, this is my dilemma, do I continue writing it as József’s story and risk leaving out a lot of important pieces of the puzzle by not including Anna’s POV? Do I change the story so it is narrated, but run the risk of not developing a strong connection with the readers? Or do I have a go at including both József and Anna’s POV in the story and hope I am capable enough of a writer to pull it off?

In this instance, no matter how inexperienced of a writer I am, I think I need to go with what I feel is right and write from both József and Anna’s POV and hope that with careful editing that I am able to do the story justice.

I think I am making the right decision here, at least I hope I am and If hearing Anna’s voice in my head constantly telling me that she thinks of József’s behaviour is an indication of what choice I should be making, then I that’s as good of a sign as any. However, if it’s a sign that I’m actually going crazy, then I was crazy a long time ago!

So as I head off the talk with the voices in my head and hope I have made the right decision, I will leave you with a short (very first draft) excerpt from Chapter two.

Enjoy,

KK

As I opened the door to the shop, the little bell above the door rang, announcing my entrance. Apa poked his head out from the back room and seeing it was me who entered the shop and not a customer, sat back down to continue working.

“Is everything fine, József?” he called from the back room, the material he was holding in front of him slightly muffling his voice.

“Oh, er…” for a moment I thought he was referring to the incident with Anna, then realised he would have been asking after the delivery of Nagysárgos **(name)** new evening suit, at least that’s what I hoped. “Yes Apa, I did just as you told me.”

Apa narrowed his eyes at me, he always had an uncanny ability to know when something wasn’t quite right and combined with the hesitation of my answer to his question he obviously assumed it was something to do with Nagysárgos **(name)**.

“József, please tell me you didn’t say something inappropriate.”

I shook my head, “No, of course not Apa, I delivered the suit and said exactly what you told me to and then I left.”

His shoulders visibly relaxed then, but knew something still wasn’t right, “József, whatever is the matter then?”…

 

*Note: Apa means father in Hungarian and  Nagysárgos is a title given to someone of importance similar to My Lord, Your Honour etc. The reason it says **(name)** after it is because it’s so much of a first draft that I still haven’t decided on a name!

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Revise, Rewrite, Reread v2.0

Hello Lovelies,
This week I’ve been doing a little work on my rewrite for Heart’s Desire. If you remember a couple of weeks back, Gwen Stephens of The 4 A.M. Writer prompted me to realise that yet another WIP was written from the wrong POV (if you haven’t read this post and would like to catch up you can read it here). Since this realisation I must admit I have been a little afraid to even look at it as the thought of starting again after investing so much time, effort and research into it, quite frankly scared the sh** out of me!
I decided to take a look at it on Wednesday night, I was still on a high from receiving an amazing grade in one of those assignments I was avoiding and the timing seemed right. If I could write a research report that was completely “half-arsed” and get a great grade, then I could surely rewrite a story from a different POV, where I already knew the plot, setting and characters so well. Should be no problem, right?

As I sat down and began to brainstorm in one of my new notebooks, I began to realise how naïve it was to think that way. At no point did I assume that changing the POV would be an easy task, but I did think that knowing my characters, plot and setting so well would work in my favour and make the monstrous task ahead that little bit easier. While I wasn’t completely wrong, it wasn’t as easy as I convinced myself it would be. As I began to scratch out some of the details and some dialogue, I realised that while I know my character of Thomas so very well, have only scratched the surface with getting to know Rose.

After brainstorming and digging a little deeper into Rose’s personality I am feeling quite positive at where she is taking me. Even though I started the story of Thomas and Rose from the wrong POV, I do not regret it for a minute as it allowed me to deeply explore the character of Thomas. I know how he sees himself, how he thinks and how he feels (the briefs moments when he allows me this insight). From this understanding I am now enjoying exploring Thomas through Rose’s eyes. Rose knows and understands things about Thomas that he doesn’t even know about himself.

While I have so much more to explore about Rose before I can really begin to rewrite Heart’s Desire, I am now actually looking forward to it. Rose understands the darkness of Thomas’ past, she understands before he actually tells her, now I look forward to discovering exactly why she understands. Perhaps it is something in her own past that allows her to understand the darkness she sees in his eyes, I’m not entirely sure yet but I look forward to getting to know and understand Rose, in the same way I understand Thomas.

I know that changing the POV and rewriting is going to take a while and I’m OK with that now. I think I have come to a point where I am no longer scared of this change and I look forward to getting to deeply know and understand my characters and in the long term I’m looking forward to telling Thomas and Rose’s story… the right way!

Now as a bonus for reading so much of my rambling, here is a little glimpse of Rose and just how well she knows Thomas, sometimes better than he knows himself.
Enjoy,
KK

His past is full of darkness, despair and heartache. I know this because I’ve seen it in his eyes. Every time he awakens from a dreadful dream, when his thoughts wander to the time before we met or when the icy words of his grandmother cut him to the core, that’s when I see it. But when those eyes look at me, the darkness drifts behind and all I see is hope, love and lust.

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Resistance is Futile

Hello Lovelies,

In the cyber world of blogging I have the privilege of connecting with other writers, some published, some not, but each of them shares their thoughts, knowledge and talents for us to follow and appreciate. One such blogger I am really appreciating at the moment is Gwen Stephens of The 4 A.M. Writer. Gwen’s latest blog post Writing the Wrong Story really spoke to me,  in her post Gwen talks about a piece of writing she was working on a while back and the difficulty she was having in writing it. After much thought and time, Gwen realised that she was writing from the wrong point of view, she essentially was writing the wrong story.

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While I have been in a similar situation to Gwen before, I didn’t resist the change as Gwen did at first, as it was fairly early on in the writing process. However, I now find myself in this situation yet again, some of you may remember my WIP telling the story of Thomas and Rose in the early 1930s. This story was being written from the POV of Thomas, a troubled man with a dark past, who is emotionally detached from the world until he meets Rose. In this paranormal historical romance fiction (it doesn’t fit into one genre), I’ve been struggling to tell Thomas’ story from his POV, without sounding like he loves talking about himself. The truth is Thomas doesn’t like to talk about himself at all and finds it difficult to express his feelings and emotions as he has emotionally detached himself from the world and others for so long. As a way of combatting this I began a journal for Thomas, as a way of expressing himself, his feelings and the darkness of his past. The journal would only be read by Rose, as it was her idea to keep the journal in the first place, as a way of dealing with his past, a sort of therapeutic tool I guess.

Even after making this change, the words have stopped flowing again. It’s been about 6 weeks since I have added anything to this WIP, each time I sit down to write I just reread the words on the screen without any idea of what comes next. I know where the story is heading and the major events and so on, but I don’t know how they get from one key event to the next. After reading Gwen’s blog and pondering about it over the last few days, I’ve now realised and accepted that while the story being told is Thomas’, it is Rose who is telling his story with the help of his journal. Others will often see us in a different light to what we see ourselves (thanks Jess), this is why I think it is an important change to make. By exploring the character of Thomas through the eyes of Rose, along with the insight of his journal, I believe (and hope) it will add more depth to the character, allowing the readers to connect with the story, creating a reality for these characters which the reader can relate to.

So as I set off to rewrite, I thank you Gwen, for helping me realise that I was writing the wrong story and whilst change can be scary sometimes change is necessary in order to move forward (and it’s not just writing I’m talking about).

Has there been times when you have realised that resistance is futile and that change is necessary in order to move forward?

Enjoy your week,

KK

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