Took a step back from the WIP this weekend. Printed out the first 60 pgs and reread, reorganized the order of scenes and delved into my Hero's internal and external goals. I often have a lot of external events but scrimp on the emotional and internal reactions of my characters. Sometimes this is because I "see" what they do but I can't "see" into their mind to figure out why. As I write the book, reread and revise, who my characters are on a deeper level is revealed to me.
I knew my heroine from the opening scene. Not so much the Hero. He's finally let me into his head - just a little bit. Maybe he's more difficult to know because he's a more closed off character? He doesn't know why he does what he does. Little by little, though, I'm figuring it out.
I'd hoped to hit the half way point on this story by the end of the month. Doesn't look like it's going to happen but hopefully I can reach the 20,000 word mark by next Monday.
Off to prepare Chapter 2 for my critique meeting this week. It's ugly. Lots of sentences starting with he/she. Body parts contorting in impossible ways. Use of the word "stalk" at least 6 times.