So, wee update on the NaNo project here:
1. I have 400 words of a re-written beginning and I think I'm getting a sense of Nicole's voice. There's a little more meat to her plot, too, but I haven't figured out how that's going to wind through yet.
2. I'm reading some research on the Victorian era, in particular The Glitter and The Gold by Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan, which is a really lovely book. Her descriptions are going to be so helpful when I go back to revise the Victorian portions of the book. I've also bookmarked other books that might help; will wait for after Christmas to get those.
3. Found some fiction from that era, too: Edith Wharton to start and then maybe I'll read Henry James and then scrounge up some time to watch the movie of The Importance of Being Earnest.
4. I've also been thinking a lot about what makes Victoria tick, exactly. She chooses to become an actress in a time when girls like her did not go on the stage, so she has to have a drive and passion for acting. I've known a few singers, dancers, and actors, but I don't exactly know what drives them to do what they do. I imagine it's similar enough to my compulsion to write, but probably not.
So, if you're a performer or know one, could you get them to answer one question?
Why? Why do you do it? Why do you want to do it? What makes you keep doing it, whether acting or singing or dancing? Help an extreme introvert out! If you think your answer might be too complex for the comments below, then use the contact form on the About/Contact page.