Shame on me! I haven’t posted since September, but honestly, the book has been a little overwhelming. In my last post, I announced that I’ve decided to rewrite Amelia. If you haven’t read my last few posts, I would love for you to read them so you get the full sense of where I am in the process.
Rewriting is exactly what it sounds like, but “starting over”, is another good way of saying it. At first, I thought I would simply cut out large portions of my first draft and rewrite them. Yes, that’s the way it starts, but then the domino effect takes hold: One change causes another change, and that change causes another change, and so on and so on. Now, I’ve put away my first draft and it hasn’t seen the light of day in over two months. The names of the characters, except for one, are the only things that have stayed the same. Every other part of the book is on a new journey.
I’ve had people ask me, “Doesn’t it make you mad or upset that you have to start over?”
Plain and simple, my answer is, “No.”
First of all, I don’t HAVE to rewrite my book. Nobody is making me do this. I WANT to rewrite Amelia. There’s a better story to be told; there’s dimension and depth that need to be added. I’ve created new characters and added more conflict. I’ve also changed my mind on where the book should be set. Learning how to ramp up Amelia has allowed me, and taught me, to enjoy writing even more than when I wrote the first draft.
This speaks loudly of my personality, but when I started writing Amelia, I dove in head first. I didn’t do any research on how to write a novel or what to expect. I’ve never taken a writing course, other than my college English classes, and those had nothing to do about writing a book. I’ve done this by good old trial and error, paired with the love of the written word. This is my passion and I will stand by this book until I’m happy with the finished product.
All that being said, how long will it take for me to finish the rewrite? I wish I knew. Yes, I have a better feel of how to write a book. I have better feel for editing, and I’m learning each day how to be better at rewriting. Having routine calls with my editor definitely helps me stay on track, but I can’t set a time limit or a deadline. I wasn’t very disciplined while writing the first draft, but this time around, I’m dedicated to writing each day. It’s amazing how far one, committed hour of writing each day will take you.
What happens when the rewrite is done? Well, another round of edits. Then we’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully, I’ll be closer to having my novel self-published. It’s a process that no one can understand until they do it themselves.
Three last things:
1. Readers, respect the process an author goes through to get their book into your hands.
2. Writers/Authors, never forget the wonderful stories your words create.
3. A journey is never short.
Until next time…