Monday, August 10, 2015

Rewriting a Room: Episode 0

So you have a novel.

It’s a pretty darn awesome novel, if you do say so yourself—filled with incredible adventures, your rapier wit, colorful monsters, sympathetic heroes, a lizard named Jean-Claude who is integral to the climax but no one will realize that until they get there. It is YOUR NOVEL. And you love it. Or… You did.

I had a room.

It was a pretty darn awesome room, if I do say so myself—filled with writing quotes, fantastic fandoms, colorful decorations, Greek Mythology themes, and more books than I knew what to do with. And I love it. Or… I did.

You set it aside for a little while, and the perspective comes crashing in. This plot makes no sense anymore, the characters need revamping, and you’re sad to say that Jean-Claude has to go.

I thought it was perfect for a little while, and then the rain came crashing in. The walls didn’t keep out the water anymore, the basement needed revamping, and all my belongings had to go.

Now your novel is in shambles, and you aren’t sure if you can make it right again.

Now my room is in shambles—but I know this: I can make it right again. And if I think about writing a novel the way I will redesign my room, I think I can make a novel right again, too. Hopefully, you’ll find some value in the things I think about as I get through this. If not, I will just try to be vaguely humorous.

But seriously, is there a good reason I should not blog about this?

Reboots, of course, always require that there was something in the first place—for example almost 50 years of films that were wiped out because SOMEBODY decided they wanted to start over with Casino Royale.

Whatever.

As it is, I’ll be prepping a novel which I have codenamed “Superfreak” (I always codename my novels, by the way, which means that I can call a book something ridiculous and off-topic and not have to think about serious titles). It’s a superhero story which I originally intended to be 100,000 words, but around 50,000 words fell off the deep end, and I’ve never looked back since.

I’m ready to try again.

As for my room, this is what was:





As construction times aren’t definite, I can’t say how often these will appear, but in the end, I have the same goal for my room and my novel: to be back in business. Next time, we’re starting over.

Have you ever had to rewrite a novel or redo a room? What feelings did you have going into that endeavor?


Who are your favorite fictional friends? If you want to help me write the last fangirl post for Saturday, be sure to tune in!

18 comments :

  1. There is an idea that I've changed and changed for a long, long time now. If you get the idea, the very first context I've put this idea into was a "Chapter Book". (yeah, remember those?) I wrote a little, then I didn't like it, then picked the idea up again and re-wrote it as a MG. And now, it's my current WIP in a much different context, being YA.

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    1. That's interesting! We definitely write different stories with different perspectives in our own lives, and who we write for. I hope that the changing story eventually evolves into something you're completely happy with. :)

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  2. This was inspirational. Sometimes i get discouraged when I look back on things I worked hard on and realize that they need a whole lot of revamping. But your cheerful humorous attitude was inspiring.

    I am about to move to Cardiff, so I'll be remaking a new room with elements from my room here in the USA. I also started taking a second look at my current WIP, a book I was (until yesterday) extremely proud of. I realized how much work it really needs.

    THANK YOU.

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    1. It can be hard, huh? It's certainly an exhausting thought to edit! But I feel like if you don't keep a good attitude, you'll have one less weapon in your arsenal. I'm glad it inspired you. :)

      That will be an exciting move! I just started rereading my latest WIP (different than the superhero story) and am realizing how much work it will need, too. So, perhaps I should take some of my own medicine.

      Thanks for reading, Susanna!

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  3. Oooh I love your room. And your novel strategy sounds quite good. I am a bit of a tidiness freak, but I share with Shanti (and my brother right now too which is annoying) who aren't so sometimes I make an imaginary line and focus on keeping mine nice. I can't do homework or anything generally if my room isn't tidy (exceptions do apply) but I am quite fond of it. I'm looking forward to where this analogy goes!

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    1. Thanks, although it isn't there anymore! I'm sorry you have an extra boarder in your room right now, but at least you're coping! Tidiness is important, so good on you for keeping it. Thank you, and I look forward to the rest of these posts as well.

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  4. That is so exciting! I am a big fan of change. I don't know why, really, but I like knowing that I have the ability to make something different than it is right now. Good luck with "Superfreak," and I can't wait to see what you do with your room! :P
    Have a great day, Heather!
    -Bailey

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    1. I don't think I can claim the same attitude, but I'm interested to see where this will take me! Thanks for tuning in, Bailey, and you have an awesome day as well. :)

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  5. I haven't found myself rewriting novels yet, but I've certainly had to redo my room a few times in the past, and it's always an exciting (and kinda stressful) experience!

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    1. It is definitely exciting and stressful! I think it's hard to do sometimes, but at the same time, I also know that I'm going to get something better in the end! Here's to hoping. :)

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  6. *ignores analogy* EXCUSEZ MOI did you say SUPERHERO STORY and did you say you CODENAMED it SUPERFREAK and if you should find it expedient I shall now volunteer as tribute. I mean, as a beta reader or as a CP or anything really. And also this is a lovely analogy and also very accurate, even if my mss are sadly lizard-lacking.

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    1. I DID and INDEED IT IS. XD It will probably take a long time to get there, but hopefully it will be something worthy of CPing someday... That's what I'm hoping someday. (I don't have a lot of lizards in my WIPs either, alas.)

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  7. I've never redone a room, though I've always wanted to. But I have rewritten several books. Most of my books go through pretty much a complete rewrite after the first draft actually, and one of them has been done three or four times. I generally go into it pretty positively actually, because even though I know that it's a pile of poo at the moment, I can make it better. The realisation later that the book still isn't perfect and I have to do a bunch more work on it before I can even call it a book is when things get bad. But I don't much mind rewriting. Also, superhero book? Sounds awesome. I am a big fan of superheroes. Good luck with your rewrite!

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    1. Drafting takes a long time. :P I tend to rewrite, rewrite, rewrite my first few drafts, but we'll see what happens when I get through many, many drafts. It sometimes depresses me, but I try to stick to a positive attitude, just because if I don't I shall surely perish. And yes, a superhero book! Thank you for reading, Imogen!

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  8. This is a pretty awesome way of describing it. And a pretty awesome-sounding story and I would like to read it, oh yes. I'm in the process of redoing my room now (it's in that awkward stage where half is the new more steampunky feel and the other half is from when I was like twelve) and also in the middle of rewriting, and while one is definitely more frustrating than the other, it's definitely similar.

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    1. XD Well, maybe not yet, but hopefully someday! I hope your own room renovation goes well, and that the twelve-year-old stuff will make a gracious exit soon enough. My twelve-year-old stuff got too comfortable, I'm afraid. And yes, they aren't exact, but you still have to accept the analogy. :P Thanks for reading, Aimee!

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  9. I'm sorry your room got messed up. :( That stinks. But this is such a great comparison. All my first drafts are like a demolished house, so when I edit I need to pull out fresh drywall and planks and paint and get to work with all my hammers and saws and screwdrivers. But I actually really enjoy building from the shambles of an awful draft, redesigning and salvaging as I go. Now, I think every time I start editing a new novel, I'll think of this post and smile. Also, I hope your revamped room turns out well. :)

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    1. Yeah, it was a bummer at the time, but I hope my room will be even better next time! I feel like when I draft, it's more like trying to turn a hut into a castle. :P Still, I think it's worth it for the both of us, in our own construction kind of way. Thanks for reading, Liz!

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