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.
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!