Monday, 10 December 2012

The Rewrite

I’ve been working on another book, unrelated to the Dreamstate series. It was something that I began to toy around with while I was editing Dark Eyes—after I had written it, but before it was published. There had, actually, been a few books in between Dark Eyes and the one I’m working on currently, but that’s a different story. The point is that just yesterday I decided that I needed to do a complete rewrite of the text.

It was a work in progress, and was sitting just around 20,000 words. This is, of course, just under two weeks of solid work (I tend to hit about 2000 words a day). I hadn’t put very much serious time into the writing, but I’d stumbled across a problem. The problem was that when I let friends and family check out the first few chapters, they thought the book was hilarious. I’d accidentally written a comedy when I’d originally set out to write a rather serious contemporary fantasy novel. Looking back at the text after the fact, I do understand why they thought it was funny—because it was. I then tried to embrace the fact and carry on in the same comedic fashion, although after just a little while, issues in the plot arose. You see, everything I’d written down in my journals was serious, but the book itself wasn’t, and there were these odd bits that were a little too intense, or didn’t make light enough of a situation for it to be funny anymore. It really started to feel like two books all mashed up into one, and I didn’t like where it was going.

I began to try to go back and fix up little bits here and there by putting in extra funny moments, by rewriting sections, and by making character changes; it was horrible. The whole process was eating up ALL of my writing time, and I was making very, very little headway. After a few days of this I just said never mind and went to a blank document to start all over again.

The rewrite (so far) is moving along a lot quicker than it did the first time I wrote the story. This is, I would assume, because I know what’s happening and what to say (with, of course, the changes I want implemented, implemented). It’s not a terrible thing to have to do, and it is definitely going to be the faster option in the long run. The book feels a lot more clean and to the (rather amusing) point now; I think it will be a good thing when all is said and done.

Anyways, if you check back (Mondays and Thursdays) you’ll eventually get a bit more out of me on the new book. The working title is Black Gates, but, I doubt that will stick—we’ll see, it’s a process.

If you have any questions about writing, me, books, or my books, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.


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