Well, I did it. This was my first NaNo, and I won! Granted, it was with 25k worth of discarded material. (I’m ashamed to admit, most of that is my trial and errors on my first chapter. I am sooo anal about kicking a book off right.) Added to that is 28K in my draft file. Plus, I have about 4K in my revision file I started last night. See, I had about half the book written…then I had an idea.
Everlong is written in first person, which I love. The issue is that Maddie and Emma’s lives are so entwined, it’s impossible to pull one apart without both of their stories unraveling. Emma has a lot to say, and Evermine is her story. But I believe that it could be enriched by adding Harper’s pov, so that’s what I’m going to attempt during revisions.
If my critique partners feel that it throws the story off, or Emma is being lost by sharing the spotlight, I’ll rework the story so that she’s able to give a less flawed accounting of the events about to transpire than Maddie was able to.
I’m nervous about making this change for a second book in the series, but I’m more concerned that valuable insight will be lost without Harper.
My editor said she has no issue with it, so I guess there’s nothing left to do but give it a try.