Not much to report since Sunday. I started off with a short prologue (733 words) that I completed on Sunday, and then started Chapter 1 on Monday. I only managed about 600 words total over the last three days. Not a great beginning to this project, but since I am giving myself three months to complete it I’m still pretty confident.
I’m not sure why I am having so much trouble getting started. I know exactly where I want to go with this, but I’m not feeling it yet. Maybe it’s the third person viewpoint that is throwing me off. I kind of wish I could go back to first person, but with four main characters that really wouldn’t be a good idea.
Maybe the problem is that I’m trying to introduce two different characters here (the two boys) and since I started from the viewpoint of one of them I’m not sure how to introduce the other one. I’m also introducing the setting (a summer camp) and since I haven’t been there the description is really rough.
Or maybe the problem is that these kids are supposed to be delinquent or disturbed in some way, and while I was plenty disturbed growing up, I never was a delinquent. Somehow I need to get into the mindset of a bully who lets his unbridled anger speak for him. And yet make him into a hero by the end of the book. This is going to be tough.
I still have time yet today to get some more writing done. I’m hoping to at least hit 1000 words for Chapter 1 by the end of the day. Wish me luck, and I’ll check in again on Sunday to let you know how it went.