I’ve noticed that the busier I am, the stronger my tendency to get more things done. It’s another method of self-motivation for me. Today I had virtually no time to write, but I made the time I needed to meet my word count.
I’ve given myself until April 12 to complete the first draft. Deadlines are apparently another self-motivator.
Now for the good stuff. A couple weeks ago I heard an interview with the author Anna Quindlen. She likened adult characters to a set of matryoshka dolls: they have many layers, and you can peel back the outer layer and still have a wealth of characterization beneath. Younger characters have fewer layers to draw on. I loved that analogy, and it’s been on my mind.
To make a long story short, I love my adult characters. I love their layers, and I love the shells and armor they wear. It’s tempting to want to explore them further, but this is a young adult novel and because of that the adults are viewed through the protagonist’s eyes. This is an exercise in restraint for me. Writing the adult stories is so tempting, but I’m holding off. The teen protagonist’s story is every bit as valid, every bit as exciting.
I love all my characters. I will tell all their stories, in time.