Monday, September 13, 2010

Rewrites!!

Having finished my rewrite of Book 1, I was hoping to be able to read through Book 2 and 3, do a few minor revisions and say "Voila! I'm done!"

Yeah right!

Now that I've rewritten Book 1, I need to make changes to Book 2 so that the flow and consistency stays the same. I read through the book thinking "I have to go back to the drawing board with this one."
Thankfully i can keep a majority of my scenes. I'm only adjusting a few and adding in a little more depth and punch to my climax. Not too major, but it did get me thinking about planning.

I know some people write without planning. I know others can't do without it. I have always been in between. Plan as I go... I always knew my beginning and ending and would be about five chapters ahead of myself as I wrote. The more I learn, the more I lean towards thorough planning from the start. What am I really trying to say? Where do I want my story to go?

Stripping back the layers of Book 2 is hard work and if I'd taken the time to plan originally I may have saved myself some stress.

In saying all of this - I am learning so much through the process that maybe this mistake was worth it. I know I'll get a better book if I put in the hard work and make these changes.

What is it like for you guys?
How do you plan?
How much depth do you go into?

Hope everyone has a great week :)

1 comment:

  1. Ah, rewrites... My problem is rewriting my first to go along with the next two books in my series, one of which that is partially written and the other that is outlined in detail. My first book has been rewritten three times in trying to get it right. This will be my last and final time writing it. I'm not writing a single word until I can see every little scene in my head. LoL I'm coming close to something good though and if I can manage 1,500 words a day, five days a week, I can finish it in about three months.

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