“The Singer of the Chalice:
This Singer holds the Chalice from which a rainbow of energies pours like the richest wine…
Patience…is a joyful, loving willingness to wait for a process to bring us to where we want to be. It contains trust and love and a special quality of expectant gratitude within it.” from The Faeries Oracle by Brian Froud.
It has not gone unnoticed by me that I haven’t mentioned how my WIP has been coming along. There is a very good reason for my silence. Namely, discussing anything positive regarding my writing process tends to be as curse-inducing as walking under ladders, breaking mirrors, opening umbrellas inside, or muttering the name of that Scottish Play.
But as I start the third draft, I thought it would be fun (and hopefully safe) to mention what has changed along the way.
1. the title: Unfortunately, “I Remember Jacqueline” had to go because my main character simply is not a Jacqueline. Jackie exists…just not in this story. So that title is being put on hold for now.
2. time period: At first my murder/reincarnation story was going to take place in the early 19th century New England and the Jazz Age. The 1920s didn’t fit for this story- that’s Jacqueline’s time. So now the story is taking place in the early 19th century and modern day Berlin. (the fact that the author is also living in Berlin is surely a coincidence)
3. the killer’s identity in modern day Berlin. The person who I thought dunnit- most certainly did not!
4. my characters’ names. Heroine of 19th century has changed her name at least eight times. I have honestly lost count. Surprisingly, heroine of today-Berlin has only changed her name four times. Thus far.
5. Berlin love interest dude still does not know what his name is. Poor guy.
But like the faery card I chose today (or which chose me), I am being open to these changes. It is in their very unwillingness to be captured- that my characters become real to me.
So today I vow trust on my characters. A belief that they’re not just sending me on a wild goose chase and giggling at my expense. That if I listen to them very carefully, I’ll at some point reach The End of their story.
How has your WIP changed?