Y’know, there are moments when the quote just kinda says it all. Welcome to week three of NaNoWriMo, halfway through and the moment when we start wondering, “What was I thinking?” Maybe it’s, “What was I thinking signing up for this insane thing?” For me, it’s “What was I thinking with this story?” I’ve got a strong opening (in my opinion), but now I starting to wonder at some characters’ motivations. Why are they doing what they’re doing? Much of the writing is light, but there’s a very serious thread underlying the story, I’ve realized, a commentary on the double standard and the lack of power women often had in the Regency era. After being put in a bad position by one man, a woman finds herself with a choice of scandal or marriage to another — which means she further gives up what little independence she had. But there’s also family duty to consider.
Did I mention this is a romantic comedy? :rolls eyes:
This tells me some of what I need to do this week: try to find that balance — or at least drive myself closer to it. I suspect there will be more whining as the days go by. Or knitting. I really want to get that Aeolian shawl finished before Thanksgiving. (At least when I procrastinate with that, I have something to show at the end.)