Who is telling this story?

Last month, I made it through about two-thirds of my novel, The Coven of Essex. Then I stopped, because I made an important discovery.
Let me back up a little. Originally, I just wanted to write about witchcraft in the 1660's. It was going to be fun!
It still is fun, but in writing my first draft, I realized that there is an opportunity to tell a larger story...the story of women, witchcraft, and the 1660's. 
Hello, theme!
So I'm taking it back to the planning stage. I'm dumping two of my male narrators and introducing a cast of all-female narrators. The male characters I developed will still play important roles in my story, but their involvement will be told through the perspective of my female narrators. 
"Tell me a story, Grandma!"
"Tell me a story, Grandma!"
I'm pretty excited about this, and itching to write, but I am holding off on getting back into drafting until after the holidays. Why, you ask? I want to give my ideas this month to percolate in my head a bit. With more narrators, I need to figure out exactly who is telling which part of the story and why. I need to choose which female characters to give the power of narration to.
I need to figure out if some narrators will be reliable, and if some will not.
Hopefully, mapping out my story through their eyes will help me answer some of the questions that have come up since I began drafting. Once 2017 hits, I plan to hit the ground running with my second draft, which I will be writing by hand as that is my preference.


Popular posts from this blog

How to Show vs. Tell in Historical Fiction

9 Assumptions about My First MFA Residency

3 Things Writers Never Want to Hear