Is it possible to move forward by going backward?
If so that's what I've done this last week.
I was feeling pretty excited last week when I hit 10,000 words on the novel. I felt like, even though it was only about 1/8 of the expected length of the book it was a really good start. I felt like I was on my way.
Then a funny thing happened. I was doing some research last weekend on writing styles, techniques etc when I came across this site. This technique for outlining a book seemed tailor made for the way I think. In just a couple of hours of reading I started thinking about the breakdown of my story and quickly came up with several great ideas. I decided to give the outline a try and by the end of last week I realized I needed a complete rewrite of pretty much everything I'd written. Everything I've put together will probably still be used but its all going to move around quite a bit, some parts will stay put, some will show up later, some will ultimately get cut.
The bottom line though is I knew I had a better story to tell than the one I had started. So, 10,000 words down the tube but I know this book is in a better place today with essentially 0 words written than it was nine days ago with 10,0000.
I'll be working on this outline for the next couple of weeks which will lead to a scene map where I will lay out the overall path for the story. I'm hoping to have it all laid out by Oct, 31 so I can sit down and bang out my first draft for NaNoWriMo in November. If all goes well I should have a killer first draft, ready for Beta reading and editing.
I know this is going to push back my schedule but I really want this to be a great book when I'm finished, not just something that I finished only to say I did. After laying out the changes that have come up so far I'm more excited today about it than when I first sat down at it this summer.
Anyway, wish me luck. I'll keep updates coming regularly. The short stories will be on hiatus for a couple of months too. I'll kick them back up in December when I have a bit more time to devote to them.
Till next time!