I'm in the middle of writing Unrepentant (working title) and I'm using a method rather new for me--multiple POV, switching between two story lines each chapter. Without going into much detail, one storyline involves an alien governor of an insane asylum while the other is about a recently-awakened human convict aboard a prison sleeper ship. The two stories will, of course, intertwine, but so far, they are independent of each other.
I'm finding I much prefer writing about my alien supervisor character, Sslaugh. In my opinion, he's a rich, conflicted, fascinating character (if I say so myself). More to the point, I get him. He speaks much more easily to me than James, the prisoner, does. I don't have nearly the same grasp on the human--I'm still figuring out what he wants, how he speaks. I fear James sounds rather uneven, since I don't really know him well.
My problem is that when I am in a James chapter, I don't have the same feeling of excitement when I am writing. I have to force myself to write James chapters, and I think this lack of passion is coming through. The old maxim that states that the most exciting part of the book should be the part you are writing now is in my head, but I can't quite get myself to execute that advice.
I've wondered if the reason for the disparity in excitement has to do with conflict. Sslaugh's conflict is sharper and more personal, I think. I'm about to introduce more conflict for James, so maybe that will help. It also doesn't hurt that James will have a romantic (and just plain sexual) involvement with the new character. That always gets the excitement level up.
We'll see how this develops.
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