Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Re-write or Move On?
I finished writing my second novel, The Spectery in February. When I was revising, I knew I needed to do a lot, but I felt the draft was pretty good. The deeper I got into revising, the more I realized that so much needed to be done it might be a better idea to re-write most of it. So, I got out my notebook and went through the manuscript in Scrivener, highlighting which passages needed to be tweaked, and those that needed to be rewritten completely. I got about half-way through that when I realized that the story made better sense, but now it was lacking tension.
Part of me wanted to just ditch the story and move on to the dystopian novel I can't wait to start writing, but I love the main characters in The Spectery so much that I don't want to ditch them. So, an idea came to me in the shower (where I get all my best ideas) for how to make the book better, while keeping some of the elements from previous drafts. I'm considering this my last stand, if I can't make it work, it'll be time to move on.
Have you completely re-written a novel before to make it better? Did it work for you?