I started writing my first novel, several years ago. Since then, I’ve revised, cut, changed the timeline, and rethought some of the characters in my current work in progress (WIP).
Am I going about the process the right way? Perhaps and perhaps not, opinions differ.
Janice Hardy at Fiction University (a favorite of mine) has a thought-provoking post on this today, “Onward…No? Write to the End or Go Back and Edit.” The reasons, she suggests, writers get into the revision and edit mode include:
- The first chapter isn’t where the story starts.
- The story just isn’t working.
- You’ve decided the story you’re writing, isn’t the real story.
- The character you thought was the protagonist isn’t.
- Or, you’ve studied the craft, learned a few techniques, and want to fix your mistakes.
As part panster and part planner, I’ve experienced all of the above. I do study the craft; I read and sometimes make revisions and edits. I hope my novel will be better for it.
At any rate and well past 30,000 words, I’m too far to stop now. I plan to see this first draft to fruition.
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