Re-Writing Woes

So. I’ve begun working on the prequel again, after taking a seven week hiatus to participate in NaNoWriMo and then study for Finals Week. I’m glad I took all that time off, because after reading the first three chapters I realized chapters 1 needs to be cut, chapter 2 if kept should be put after chapter 3, and chapter 3 should be the new chapter 1, but only after an extensive re-write.

Remind me why I write, again? Haha I’ve sort of been in a slight despair ever since I realized my beginning is well-written, but boring as all heck. Way too much backstory. Not enough action. I hate stories that begin with characters just sitting around talking to one another, explaining the story to the reader, and that’s exactly how this novel begins. So, I’ve decided to completely start over from scratch. Consider that first complete draft as a three-year warm-up, as it were. You might think me crazy, considering it took me three years to write almost 100,000 words, but then, you have to remember I did NaNoWriMo, and finished, so…writing another 50,000 words shouldn’t be too hard, right? Not when I know the entire story this time? And can outline what I want to keep in the story and what I want to throw out?

Is this wishful thinking?

6 thoughts on “Re-Writing Woes

  1. Ya know, it’s funny how the writing process is so much like the designing process…..you make the first one…redo it…10 times…..and end up back at the beginning more than you expected to….all to never have truly completed it but rather just made improvements all along to a point in which you are happy enough with to say, I’m done (on in my case, I’m sick of this, I quit).

    Hope things are going well, and I was thinking about visiting Columbus over Christmas break….just don’t know when. We had our final review today and I think I’m going home Monday. Let me know if you have any free time and would like to grab lunch or dinner or something.

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  2. Ya know, it's funny how the writing process is so much like the designing process…..you make the first one…redo it…10 times…..and end up back at the beginning more than you expected to….all to never have truly completed it but rather just made improvements all along to a point in which you are happy enough with to say, I'm done (on in my case, I'm sick of this, I quit).

    Hope things are going well, and I was thinking about visiting Columbus over Christmas break….just don't know when. We had our final review today and I think I'm going home Monday. Let me know if you have any free time and would like to grab lunch or dinner or something.

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  3. Haha that’s exactly how writing is. I’m actually starting the whole story over from scratch, this time with a tentative outline. We’ll see how it goes.

    Give me a call! Lunch is probably better, and I’ll be out of town on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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  4. Haha that's exactly how writing is. I'm actually starting the whole story over from scratch, this time with a tentative outline. We'll see how it goes.

    Give me a call! Lunch is probably better, and I'll be out of town on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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  5. I’ll let you know, but I was thinking of coming Wed-Thurs….going shopping and what not….so I’ll let you know.

    Good luck with the book….

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  6. I'll let you know, but I was thinking of coming Wed-Thurs….going shopping and what not….so I'll let you know.

    Good luck with the book….

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