I thought I would read through my work in progress this weekend, in readiness to start writing again tomorrow after a break for Christmas and sickness.
As I did so, I came to a realisation. The first person narrator I am using is not working, because it is placing too many restrictions on the way I can structure my story. I need to be able to bring in other viewpoints without resorting to the gimmicky use of diaries, letters and emails as I was intending.
I think it also gives my story slightly too much of a chick lit feel in the early chapters, when in fact the novel will be very much issue-led women's fiction, a novel to make the reader think and cry rather than laugh out loud, I hope.
My first task, before I go any further, is to try a rewrite of the first 10,000 words into a third person narrative so that I can compare the two versions. I have to be honest and say that it has been at the back of mind that my planned structure might not work in a full length novel. I need to get these basics right to be able to continue with enthusiasm.
Three notable things:
1. I read Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach this weekend. I am still trying to make up my mind what I think about it, though overall I did enjoy it, I guess.
2. I'm already starting to roughly plan novel 2 in my mind and bought a book in a charity shop yesterday, which will help with research.
3. Son 2's Annual Review went very well on Friday (if you don't know what an Annual Review is, don't worry, just ignore this bit!) We are pushing to finally get OT formally included in his statement.