I’m happy to say that since my last update here, I’ve succeeded in restarting the WIP. I managed to rewrite the outline with a few key changes and have begun a total rewrite. Initially, I dreaded rewriting the story, as I am loathe to write the same thing twice. But notably, a rewrite is not reiterating the same story, but rather reinventing what has already been written.
The hardest part is making sure not to get confused with what’s already been said in the first draft. I find that to be the biggest struggle and I’m constantly reviewing the relevant parts of the first draft just so I know what I need to ‘re-show’ in the second draft.
Tedious. But 12k words in and I’m much happier with the second version of the story.
Also, I’m wondering why conversations between my characters are thousands of words long. Initially, this WIP was supposed to be a novella (<40k words), but at 12k and only 3 scenes in and at least 15 more to go, I don’t foresee that happening. It seems that the older I get, the longer my stories are getting. Not sure if that has to do with the growing complexity of my stories, or if I’m turning into a rambling logophile.
That being said, I will be participating in April Camp nano! I’m excited for it and gave myself a small goal of 20k words. Initially, I wanted to give myself some breathing room with a low goal like that, but now it seems I’m once again crunched for time as the art commissions have kicked back into gear. So 20k sounds perfectly reasonable now. I don’t mind, of course, but the day only has so many hours in it. Gad how I hate the necessity of sleep.
I finally began Sanderson’s Way of Kings, and while it doesn’t begin like his other books, he still manages to suck you right into his ridiculously awesome universe. One of my favorite fantasy authors, to be sure. Only one letdown: one of his MC’s nickname is the same name of the MC in my fantasy WIP (Kal). I will not change my MC’s name just because Sanderson (kind of) used it, though. But it is plenty frustrating and crushing. This wouldn’t be the first time this has happened to me, as Voldemort’s last name shares the same last name as another MC from my urban fantasy stories. Completely unintentional because I hadn’t read or watched Harry Potter yet when I created Celso Riddle back in 2006, and completely upsetting when I discovered that such a famous character shared the same surname.
Have you ever come across a published story where the MC (or well-known character) shared the same name as one of your characters? How have you dealt with it?