Endings that is. I met my deadline of finishing the first draft of my novel on Dec 18th. My plan is not to touch it until the kids go back to school on Jan 7, giving myself 2-3 weeks away from it. It has been over a year since I began so much of it will be completely foreign to me – in a good way. I will not be to close to the words. At that point I hope to re-read the entire ms before making any changes to see where the major plot and character gaps are. I am certain the inconsistencies will stick out, as the characters have developed so much since their beginnings. After that the true rewriting/editing begins.
I have been thinking about the two novels that I wrote, trying to find similarities in two such different novels. One is set in modern day, and technology has a pivotal role. The other is set both in 1860s and 1914. One is very romantic, the other is not. One has alternating pov between multiple characters, the other has only two pov (first and third). Outwardly they seemed entirely different, yet I realized their theme is the same: live life in the moment.
In my first novel, the character misses out on his life due to his aspiration for power. In my second, my mc becomes obsessed with the life of another woman, and also with the life she wishes to lead. Interesting to me how I wrote two novels with a recurrent theme without realizing it until I was done. What is also interesting to me is the variation in outcome. In the first novel, my power hungry character does not attain his wish. In my second she does, but only after she succumbs to her own life, and lets go of her desires, and not because of any action she takes but due to the movements of our world.
Have you noticed yourself writing the same themes, or perhaps characters that seem to follow you from one story to another?