I have decided to rewrite my NaNoWriMo project. (If nothing else, this gives me a plausible reason to hang out in Starbucks, like I did during November.) I think the scenario I have laid out raises some interesting questions* that I think I will enjoy exploring. I have already talked to a couple of friends who can give me expert advice on specific elements of the work-in-progress, including telling me if my plot is even possible.
- Rewrite the backstories of the main characters. Right now they are cardboard cutouts of people, something from the lesser class of romance novels.** I hope to make them a lot more realistic, both in their stories and in their personalities.
- Rework the timeline so it makes sense. This might well mean reviewing civil procedure. Oh, boy. Still, one does what one must.
- Relax. I write better when I am not stressed out.
- Perhaps most importantly, develop a timeline for myself so that I have specific goals with specific deadlines.
I am telling all of you this so that hopefully I will actually do it. I assume that the prospect of having to shamefacedly admit that I never got around to doing the work, when I have time right now while I am still job hunting,*** will spur me to accomplish my goals.
*Including the bar exam favorite: “In this situation, who do you sue?”
**I do not automatically equate romance novels with bad writing.
***Once I get a job, and I am seriously looking, things will probably change somewhat.