Major Construction: Long Detour Ahead

It’s official. I’ve decided to completely rewrite my book. Since my last post, the new storylines have taken over and demand more attention. At first, I thought if I decided to completely change my book it meant that the first draft wasn’t good. That’s not true. It just means there’s more story to tell.  I would be doing an injustice to my book and my future readers if I didn’t do this.

One thing I ask myself is, “Why didn’t I see the whole story when I was working on the first draft?” Remember, I’ve never written a book, so I’m okay with the naivety of this question.

I can’t tell you how many times I read through “Amelia” with precision, and along the way, I edited with as much attention to detail as possible. After speaking with my editor, I finally understand and it all makes sense. I know you’ve heard the quote, “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” That sums it up. I was too close to the story, which hindered my imagination and creativity from taking over. Precision was my problem.

You would think letting go of the first story would be hard, but it wasn’t. I was ready to dive into a new world of writing, explore the story beyond the story, and switch things up. It’s amazing how good it felt to create new characters and change the existing ones. Letting go of linear writing and allowing inspiration to take over was all I needed to open up my world. I guess I make it sound like I had no creativity before, but that’s not the case. It’s just that after working with my editor, I realized I needed to break down barriers. Seeing the need for improvement wasn’t disappointing. It freed me from my writing walls.

It’s not like “Amelia” is going away completely. I love the story too much, and it’s the foundation that will allow all the new things to shine. This will be corny, but it’s true. It’s like dusting off an old piece of furniture and making it new again. Most of the time, it looks better than it did brand new. It may have some scratches and dings, but that’s what adds character to the piece.

I know that I’ve added a lot more time to this journey, but that’s why it’s the long and writing road. I’m counting on the the detours being the best part of the ride.

Until next time…

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12 responses to “Major Construction: Long Detour Ahead

  1. Amber

    I always wrote the first draft, trashed it and took the good parts. The second time around was always better. I had an amazing english professor in college who taught me to do that. goodluck with the book

  2. Ooh, good luck – sounds like you are definitely onto something and your confidence in your discovery and decision comes through loud and clear! Can’t wait to hear how it goes. Becs 🙂

  3. You are courageous, which means you are a writer. My major re-writes felt like peeling an onion with my bare hands…emotional, and my decisions stuck with me night and day. But believe in yourself and continue to follow / develop your instincts. Let us all know when it’s ready for prime time.

  4. I storyboarded. And I go by an outline in table format, like a story board. At 30,000 words and 60,000 words my story went through major changes, where those new ideas took over. Not saying you have to do that, just presenting another option. I’m not the kind of writer that could handle a complete rewrite very well. But I had my plot and subplots plotted and tracked to make sure I wasn’t missing anything (and I wrote a few organic scenes from the book to get a feel for it). I did realize once I was done, I started the story too early and cut the first chapter entirely. It really helped. But good luck to you, the hard part is AFTER you publish, as odd as that sounds. 🙂

  5. What an amazing attitue to have. Rather than ruminating about the negatives, you’re turning the situation into an opportunity. Keep it up!

  6. I can totally relate. I finished a major re-write of my own first novel this summer. I put it off for months because I couldn’t face my manuscript again but I’m so happy that I did it. When I think how close i came to throwing it all away it makes me cringe. Now if only I could find an agent who likes it as much as I do.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Now that I’ve stared the re-write, I can’t imagine keeping it the way it was. I’m having a lot more fun with the old characters and adding new ones. The whole storyline is syncing. 😉 Good luck with finding an agent! What a process, uh?

  7. You are so brave. I’m a panster, didn’t outline and I’m now feeling as if I’ll end up doing a rewrite in draft 2.
    Like other folk commenting here, I’ve been putting it off, however, its well past time I got to grips with the beast now.
    Have fun.
    Maria

  8. Congrats on seeing the trees! Lol.

    I recently scrapped a short story I was really into because I realized it needed to be rewritten and become more. I felt sad about letting the other story go, but it simply wasn’t complete, so the transformation needed to happen.

    I’m curious about how much of “Amelia” will make it to this rewrite.

    Good luck!

    • The trees were gorgeous!

      “Amelia” is changing so much!! It’s amazing how much will NOT be in the re-write. At first, that scared me, but I’m rolling with it now. This is going to be a LONG process, but I’m embracing the whole thing. Thanks for sending the luck! I need it. 🙂

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