I’ve decided, after some painstaking deliberation, to start again from square one with my new novel, Blind Faith. It was a hard decision to make because I’ve already completed the first draft of 80,000 words. All those words, just sitting there, taunting me from their glowing white screen.
I didn’t know what to do but I knew there were a lot of changes which I wanted to make and I wasn’t sure if editing was going to be the most efficient way of doing it. I’ve obviously continued to read up on ‘the craft’ and I always want my next book to be the best thing I’ve ever written so, when it came down to it, I knew I’d just have to accept the inevitable.
Editing is about crafting what you already have. If all of the characters are there and the scenes are pretty much there, then you can edit, but if you want to make changes to the core of the story then you must re-write. Some authors believe in a throw away first draft as part of their method, but it’s not something I want to end up doing all of the time.
I tried something different when writing this novel. I went off without a plan and concentrated on the characters. This was great for getting to know who was in the story, but the process of getting to know them took about 80,000 words and that’s a big time commitment.
I’m a believer in the business side of modern writing. (see my post from last week) I want to publish books and move on, I want to streamline my process and I want to feel as though I’m being productive. I can be a lot better at all of these right now and that’s frustrating.
After making the decision to re-write, it’s given me an opportunity to try out the ‘Beats’ method from ‘Write, Publish, Repeat’. Writing a detailed synopsis for each chapter before I even start.
I now have the overall plan and I’ve just finished writing chapter 1. I hope that this decision will produce a more cohesive book, with better characters and a deeper message. One can only try.
Until next time…