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…