I’m 17,355 words into my rewrite – only 60,553 words left to be rewritten – yay!

Ugh.

Okay, maybe not so much with the yay. This rewrite is going slowly and I’m finding that frustrating. It has taught me never to leave something in a draw for ten years though. Well, it wasn’t really in a draw for ten years…it was more like this:

  • 2003: Write draft one during a NaNoWriMo.
  • Set it aside to review later.
  • Start working full-time.
  • Allow part of soul to die.
  • Remember that it’s okay to do what you love.
  • 2005: Come back to look at manuscript to find out that it’s on the old computer that’s now vanished.
  • Cry.
  • Discover print out of first draft. Cry again.
  • Begin hand written rewrites.
  • 2007: Start work on second book in the series.
  • 2011: Discover (during a moment of Über Virgo neatness) a floppy disk (remember them?) with the first draft on it – HUZZAH!
  • Buy special implement to get contents of disc onto new computer.

So, what I’m actually doing at the moment is something that I’ve put off, which is trying to redraft the book using my hand written notes and making any changes I deem fit along the way. This needs to be done for my sanity, if nothing else, but I know that there must be a more logical way to approach this.

I love the suggestions made by Ryan Casey over on his blog. I need to set myself a target like two scenes a day. I’ve been stuck in the ‘I must rewrite this book’ frame of mind, and that can get overwhelming. I was quite shocked at being 17k into the rewrite, it’s been feeling a bit like running on the spot.

Reading Ryan’s blog post has made me realise why I’m finding this so frustrating. I like the NaNoWriMo style of writing – just get the words down. I mean, I follow scene points on index cards but that’s it. Rewriting requires more focus and a more refined creativity than writing, which can be really draining.

So, I’ve decided that when I say that I have to write every day rewrites and the copywriting and blogging I do for work doesn’t count. I have to do some kind of creative writing, whether it’s working on the third book, or taking on a smaller project.

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