Curious title isn’t it? Basically I touched on this yesterday, but I wanted a chance to go over it more thoroughly. Some of you that follow the blog know that I am working on the second draft of my novel. You also know that I am replotting the entire novel as well.
Now, this is not due to the fact that I love creating more work for myself. It is rather the fact of I got to end of the first book, and went well that isn’t quite what I was aiming for. That isn’t to say that the first novel was worthless, or that it did not accomplish what I needed it to do. In fact, it did exactly what I needed it to do. It gave me the chance to get in touch with my characters better, to learn more about them, and their motivations. When I came to the end, and they felt disingenuous I knew things weren’t quite where I needed them to be.
That is why I use my second draft as my revise draft. It will allow me to create a much stronger connection to the story, and really reach the marks that I need it to by the end. I can tell you that it very much feels like I’m starting all over from the beginning of the book. Yet, I know deep down it’s about improving the story as well.
Rehashing out the plot brought me a great headache, but in the end it’s stronger, and better. Depending on the condition of the second draft once I get through it will decide what the next step is, though it’ll get at least a minor revisal to ensure that there are no plot holes, and the flow is where I want it to be. After that it will go through editing. I am one where I spend far more time in the editing areas of a book rather than in the construction of the first.
That doesn’t mean that parts of the entire process don’t tweek on my patience, and make me want to rush through just so I have that shiny book with my name on it again. However, I’ve given into this feeling in the past, and I do not wish to go down that road once again.
No, 2016 will be the year that I do things better than previous years. So, I’ll put my butt in the chair, my hands on the keyboard, and I’ll release the novel when I’m sure that it’s the best of my ability at this time.
L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.