Since a conversation I had with cookiemonger last night, I’ve been thinking a lot about “Shedding Light” and Elysia’s characterization in the story. I thought about what I did right, what I did wrong, and how I can fix it. Hurray for writing, right? Anyway, one of the first things I thought was wrong with it was that Elysia spent far too much time angsting over what she was going to do and what she finally did — and very little actually happened in the story.

Well, I’ve given it some thought — an awful lot of thought between last night and this morning, not to mention the thought I’ve given to it here and there since I first wrote it, and I think I know what I have to do to fix it — going on to step one of revision. I spent this morning writing down everything I could think of that defined Elysia as a character (this will reflect on her in the comic, too), and what can, should, and will happen.

For a long time, I’ve avoided rigidly defining Elysia’s character in writing … setting her personality in stone. I think it’s actually been a hindrance, because it forces me to make things up from scratch rather than working within a set of guidelines … I mean, there are guidelines for her character, but they’re … I think they’re vague. And I think I’ve been preventing the characters from being as strong and complex and powerful as I originally intended for them to be. Shame on me for that. :P