Thursday, July 8, 2010

On Late Changes

So I’m about to finish off my New Realm book. I’m currently heavily dissatisfied with how it has turned out. Usually my first drafts need a lot of revision, but this time the story will need to nearly be entirely rewritten. Over the course of this draft, character backgrounds and personalities have changed, story elements were added or removed, and even the style of the book will shift wildly. To give you some idea, the most recent change I made was to start looking at other perspectives besides that of the main character. When the entire rest of the book is written from a single POV. Which means I’m going to have to rewrite the entire rest of the book to accommodate that change. Grg.

Oh well, at the very least I haven’t given up on it yet. It’ll take a long time to get done—the fact that it is much longer than either Wolfhound or Brellan doesn’t help—but the original story still interests me. Now I just need to finish the first draft and let my ideas stew a bit.

So how is everyone else’s writing going? Are you stuck in a mire, writing well like Joe, or somewhere in between? Have a great week, and I will see you around!

1 comment:

  1. I wouldn't say that I'm writing well--I'm in the middle of a rewrite kind of similar to the one you say you need with New Realm (adding new vp character, changing major elements). And even then, I'm coming across the same thing--the next draft is going to need to change drastically to meet changes that I'm making right now mid-draft. Blegh.

    Props for not giving up yet, though. So far, every single draft I've written has hit a phase where I feel like I should completely drop the project and never pick it up again--sometimes for months. So don't worry, you're in good company!

    Take care!