To paraphrase Shakespeare, the outline’s the thing!
Yeah, I’m outlining the remainder of Part One of my huge rewrite, and it’s a VERY EXCELLENT IDEA. I went into this thinking “I’ll just start over and see what happens” and that might not’ve been the BEST decision ever. I’m at the point where I need to marry my new material to my old material. I realized I CAN still use some of the scenes I’ve already written, and that I’m trying to make THIS story better, not write a completely different one. So that was an encouraging realization!
I’ve only been working on this outline for a couple days, and I almost have it sorted enough to start writing/revising again. I’m excited! I can do this!
I STILL LIKE THIS NOVEL!!!!!!
Well, September is upon us! I’m slowly pecking away at the novel rewrite, and—as usual—being frustrated and encouraged in turn. I’m finally beginning to get a vision of how I want it to go, but there’s so many decisions and possibilities it gets pretty confusing. But I’m gonna push through!!
I keep having to re-realize that, for right now, I can’t worry about:
… whether or not it’s too long
… whether or not there will be a market for it WHEN I finally finish
… whether or not my writing is perfect
… whether or not I’m being as creative as I aspire to be
… whether or not I’m ever going to make it past the first few chapters
I can, however, focus on:
— Doing the best I can with where I am right now
— Enjoying the freedom that comes with re-imagining the story
— Working on it EVERY DAY
At least I have something to semi-distract me from compulsively checking my email every two minutes and the miniature heart attacks brought on by seeing a reply to one of my queries in my inbox.
This writing thing, I tell ya.