Last month I wrote a post over at Tabitha’s blog about first drafts. The funny thing is, I’ve spent most of this month revising. I don’t even know what draft I’m on because so many parts have changed as I go along. I’ve never been the type to finish one draft, edit and then do another draft. I’m jealous of people who can be that methodical. My drafts are far more messy. I change as I go, get feedback from my critique group and beta readers and constantly finesse the writing.
This draft is different. We’re talking major overhaul here. Ever heard the story of the girl who queried too early? Yeah. That’s me. I thought the book was done, queried it a bit and realized something wasn’t working. So now I’m making huge changes and really thinking about the plot and what I want this book to say. Each chapter is going under the microscope to see if it moves the story forward or if it’s just a nice distraction on the way to the good stuff.
Which means that beautiful scenes I crafted with so much care are finding their way into the dead file. Ugh. Writing new scenes is fun, but before they enter the book, I’m putting them through the test. If they don’t illustrate the main character’s motivation, goal or conflict, then they aren’t doing their job. Do not pass GO, do not collect $200. It’s hard and it’s painful and I find myself thinking about it ALL the time. As in, I’m sorry I burned your bacon, but I just thought of a sentence that I need to go write down before it’s gone. Serve yourselves.
But it’s working. I can see the story getting stronger and that makes it worthwhile. So maybe by the end of this draft number who knows what, that little grain of an idea will have emerged a pearl.
How’s your summer writing going?