I have noticed in the last few chapters of Human Echoes, that my characters are only now becoming truly dynamic. If you couldn’t already guess, this is very bad. I am 90,000 words into a book, and the characters have only been feeling complex emotions and acting on their own accord for about 40,000 words.
If I had to guess, I would attribute this to my writing aptitude. I had been so far removed from fiction writing that the first 50,000 words or so were forcing me to get back in to the swing of things, as well as establish new writing habits. I know the characters aren’t totally flat, but there will be a considerable amount of rewriting based off of a change in skill level. That isn’t to say that I have somehow broken through some mythical barrier and am now an incredible writer, but it has shown me how rusty I was.
As far as progress goes, I feel like every passage I write gets me a little closer to my own unique voice. My descriptions are more concise, but doubly effective and the settings seem more vivid. Even the ideas that are popping into my various journals seem to be more creative, and hold much more depth than before. I feel that I am finally getting a handle on the old rule of “show, don’t tell.”
If all this is happening within the first 100,000 words, I am excited to see what will be revealed in the next few months.