I don’t know how many times I’ve said this but I’ve rewritten (completely) my current WIP (#dawnWIP) several times in the past few years. And by several times, I can name at least 15 attempts. I have the drafts to prove it.
I can’t say for sure why it failed so many times but I can tell you all the things I did.
First, I wrote the damn thing. The first time I made things up, tied them together, and finished it with a cliffhanger into the next chapter of the series (it wasn’t meant for a series when I started it but it said so at the end. Damn endings.)
I was a newbie. It had to be my fifth full lenght story? So when I was done, didn’t want to leave it, hated it when I read it, tossed it and started over. And over. And over. And over again.
It wasn’t how I liked it so I took one idea, wrote the rest of the series and couldn’t edit the first part of the story. So I did what anyone would do–or should do, really–go back to the original, sit my butt down, and write.
That’s what I’m doing now but it’s been two years so a lot of the original is hard to put in…enter the handy-dandy Director’s Notebook writing edition!
That’s right. I’m writing a diary to #dawnWIP on my first struggles, the original scenes that made me fall in love, where the characters came from, the original playlist, and the like.
I have to say writing a Writer’s Notebook was the best idea I ever had. When I put down the essence of the story, I can write #dawnWIP, read the notebook, and edit.
Hopefully, this version will make it to MS state. And it will get there with the essence I’ve saved into the notebook.
- Write as a companion. Director’s Notebooks exist. Paw through one sometime.
- Let yourself wander in the explanations/inspirations/processes
- Speak all the truth
- Pretend you’re rich-off-your-butt famous and let yourself talk to your fans. They want to know every detail about this story 🙂
Let me know what you guys think!