I’m sorry, readers. I have nothing to offer you at the moment. No words of wisdom, or stories of personal revelation. No thought provoking enigmas or tales of triumph. With this post, I’m hoping you might have something to offer me. I need advice!
The blogging gods have not been speaking to me lately. I have had a really hard time making any progress with the posts I have lined up; partly because I’m anxious to move home in a short couple of months, but mostly because I am in the midst of re-working my novel.
Am I the only writer who does this? I write like a champ for about the first 10 chapters. And then I decide to change aspects of the story that require me to restart from scratch. I’ve probably done this 4 or 5 times already with this novel. I promised myself that this draft would be the one I would write to completion. I even have the reminder in my header ‘No restarts allowed! Just keep writing!’ But here I am again, with an uncompleted first draft and a promising, new outline that would make much of the scenes I’ve written unneeded. I’m starting to wonder if my edit-as-I-go approach isn’t self-sabotage in disguise.
But, here’s the thing. The story hasn’t derailed (yet), it’s actually enhanced with each restart. With each major edit, my story and characters are more solidly developed. Still I find myself extremely frustrated by the lack of tangible progress after over a year of writing!
I really want to have a whole, beginning-to-end draft completed by November, before our big move, but after 19 chapters this draft it starting to feel redundant and I’m getting the urge to restart again. I just hate to see that my ‘cut scenes’ folder is larger than my actual novel.
I am open to suggestions and advice from any writers out there who have been through this before! Do you edit as you go? Or do you write an entire draft before editing/reworking? Did you ever feel like you might be a crazy person tapping away madly at an empty screen?