In case you wondered where I disappeared to here’s what I’ve been up to.
I made my blog private for a bit while I had a big rethink.
That led me to read through a book I e-published a few years back. I always felt I published that story too soon and – oh boy – was I right! Re-reading I could see that it was actually a first draft.
That led me to start a structural rewrite. At first I was full of confidence and thought I would be able to rush the thing out as part of NaNoWrite challenge. I did some of the prep exercises they offer and found them very useful.
Full of confidence I jumped into the rewrite only to find I hit the wall after a few days. Bye bye – NoNoWrite – hullo sheer hard work!
To make matters even more complicated I discovered the version of the original book I had saved to a USB stick and lovingly held on during several major computer crashes was actually a very early version of the book. There were whole chunks missing.
I am now finding I need to type out the story I published from a copy a friend downloaded to their Kindle – not an easy task! If you are wondering why I don’t figure out some way of getting the manuscript off the Kindle site I deleted the book from there a couple of years ago when I realised I’d published too soon.
I am at the stage now where I’m wondering if
a) I have gone insane
b) if the book is even worth resurrecting
c) exactly how do you do a structural rewrite. There’s loads about writing first drafts online but very little about structural rewrites. I have decided I need to make my main character 25 not 15 for a start and that I need to include more chapters from the pov of other characters.
Beyond that the original story was inconclusive so there are a bunch of new chapters to write too – if I ever get that far.
So there you have it – on top of that there is a whole load of very strange stuff going in my family… but then that’s usually the case with my family… they are a strange bunch.
I miss blogging but am up to my eyeballs in other stuff at present. I might get back to blogging here at some stage but I’m not sure.