After all, you’ve put in a lot of work into that product. There are things you specifically love, things you don’t want to say goodbye to, and things you aren’t sure you’re going to be able to get back in the event of unforeseen changes.
It’s annoying and hard and sucks—and worst of all you’re going to be back at square one, building your way back up to a climax and a project worth working on.
In these cases, I think it’s important to remember WHY you’ve decided to rewrite something.
- has time changed your thoughts on where the story should go?
- are there significant numbers of characters that need to be taken out or added in?
- does a significant setting change need to be made?
- do you need to open up more plot threads to carry the story?
- would you like to try writing with a different voice?
- do the protagonists need significant recrafting?
- are you just not happy with the story, because you are bored, displeased, or feel like it’s “just not right”?
In the case of my superhero novel, I know it needs rewriting because I didn’t have an actual climax in mind when I started writing, and so the characters, settings, and thoughts don’t really build up to any one thought. I need more plot threads, and I actually need to make it to the end.
In the case of my room, it didn’t get as much water damage as my sister’s room and probably could have survived, but structurally, the floors needed some work, the walls could do with replacing, the ceiling was partly missing because of water damage, and the decorations were getting a little old. It was time for some sprucing up.
Currently, my room has been stripped down to its basics, and I need to do the same with my story. Back to the simple idea that was, and not the thing that I made up.
How do you let go of a story you love to make it something better in the end?
(Not quite sure what I'm on about? Be sure to check out my introduction here!)