A couple of weeks ago I started writing a story, I’m not sure how it will play out at the moment but I have a very good idea of where its going. The problem I’ve found though is after six thousand words I’ve found a better way to write this story, or a different angle I should say. This is exactly what happened with NaNoWriMo. I started writing, and got stuck, so I did what I had heard a few writers say that they do and that is look at your first sentence and ask yourself “How did I get here?” but what the story evolved and didn’t match up, so I had to write off about ten thousand words (I almost cried). So with it happening again the other day it made me think about why it didn’t used to happen, and then I sussed it. It’s because I’m not writing a first draft on paper like I used to which I always considered as my rough draft before the main draft which would be typed up and tweaked as I did so.
I was thinking that I had wasted my time because I am going to have to go back to scratch, well for thirty seconds at least, before I realised that it is by no means wasted because I have written out a lot of the world that the story is set so I’m not going in blind this time round. In one way its a good little way of planning a story out a little. I have my three or four primary characters fairly well flushed out and there’s a good feel to the world itself now so I should be able to transfer into the newer draft with ease.
Has anyone else encountered this? Do your some of your ideas fall flat then when you re-write them they have a totally different feel to them?