This week, so far, has turned into a big fat fail in the writing department. I've used every excuse in the book to avoid sitting down and tackling the WIP.
I'm working on a MS for Presents, and fortuitously won a copy of Present's author Kate Walker's, 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance so that should have given me the kick in the pants I need to get a proposal off to the London office. But it hasn't. Then I just read on eharlequin that Desire is having another pitch session sometime in March. I also want to have something new to pitch an editor at the New York conference. So why have avoided writing? Every time I sit down in front of my computer I want to take a nap.
I think the problem is that because I'm writing something new and (even though I know the story) I don't actually know my character's "voice" yet. By the time I finished my last MS, I knew those characters so well I could just "speak" in their voices. In this new one my characters are sounding very generic and aren't popping off the page.
Hmm, I think I just figured out my problem.
I'm struggling to give these characters their own personalities. I know a lot about them but I haven't discovered what they would think about their current situation or how they feel about each other when they first meet. I haven't found their uniqueness - what makes them different from every other romance couple out there. In my last couple of stories, the H and h knew each other before the story started. They already had a relationship either as former lovers or old friends. They had a more familiar way of speaking.
So, I guess the only way to find that out is to dig into the story and continue to write until the mist clears and these characters start speaking to me.
Do you struggle with finding your character's unique voice?