I finally realised this morning that I’m going to have to dump what I have of CR’s second draft and change it from third person limited to first person.
Oh, this is going to hurt. But I’m confident it will make CR better. *touches wood and crosses fingers*
Every so often, about once or twice a month, I drag my laptop to the nearest Starbucks without internet. I settle in with a venti coffee, plug in my earbuds, and start to write. I usually manage to get a lot of work done, or at least make some decent headway.
Yesterday, I managed to work through a pacing problem in the first draft that had been annoying me since last October. I nearly pumped my arm in the air, drunk on that ‘this is going to be so much better than my first draft’ feeling.
So, yes, yesterday was definitely a good writing day. *g*
After two months of metaphorically bashing my head against the wall (because, otherwise, that would hurt), I have finally found my groove in draft two of CR.
Right now, it feels like the possibilities are endless. I could do anything in this book (you know, within the realms of proper characterisation and plausibility). Things are sliding into place and scenes are moving together and neatly tying in with later ones. Above all, I’m finally beginning to see that this draft is a vast improvement on the first one (thankfully, or I would be in very big trouble right about now). I have no idea how long this writing good mood is going to last, but I’m going to follow it until I crash into the next mental wall.
So, it’s been a while!
A belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all since I was last here. Nothing much has happened since my last post, except that the rewrites to CHASING RABBITS have finally begun, after leaving it sit for three months. It’s slow going – I ended up trashing around 80% of the first draft, so the second draft is a series of slow, trembling steps as everything unfolds – but I’m very excited, and I think I’ve finally found my footing in the book.
The last major research I need is to retrieve all of my Victorian history books from my father’s house, mostly for the little niggling details that I glossed over in the first draft so I could keep on going. Everything that needs to be changed or clarified is being noted as I go. This odd rewriting draft stage is where I do most of my major work. The first draft is the easy one for me to write; the second where I do most of my tapping and shaping, so I spend a lot of time rereading what I’ve written the day before and do some very obvious syntax and word changes. Then I read it out loud and do further changes to what doesn’t sound right. It’s very slow going – a finished chapter can take up to a week when things are going bad, but it means my second draft is 95% finished, before I do a quick third edit and send it to readers for opinions.
It’s very odd that for this second draft, I do my best work in the mornings and early afternoons; I’m usually too tired in the evenings for the level of concentration I require for this. Yet in the first draft, I do some of my best work at night. I suppose it’s the amount of brain-work the polishing requires, or, more likely, it’s to do with my laziness. 😉 Still, it’s interesting to think about.
Signing off now.
So I’ve spent the last few days staring at a brief outline of the end of the book. Most of my time has been spent drumming my fingers and trying to figure out what the hell was wrong with the ending – something just didn’t sit right.
And then I browsed through the Tragic Villains post in absolutewrite and I suddenly figured it out: my antagonist’s motivations were shallow, at best. I knew there was something under the surface; there had been enough hints scattered through, and I was so close to figuring it out. So I made a cup of tea and thought about it for a while, and then it all just popped into my head.
It’s going to mean even more rewriting than what’s already on my plate, but it’s also going to flesh out my antagonist, which is always a good thing.
I also have three days off in a row next weeks, so I’m hoping to have a good lot of the rewriting done by the end of that time off. Whoo!
…when you’ve finally hit on The Book:
You contemplate leaving early from a night out with your co-workers because you’re getting that itch to write, and you can’t stop thinking about the work you could be doing at home. Heh.
The book is going well. I am very, very pleased with my progress so far. I’m not going to say much about it, since I suspect the second draft will differ a lot from the first, except that I’ve hit my stride on it and we’re starting to run.
I’d forgotten that I decided I wanted to write because of times that felt like this. 🙂