Moving Forward

I’ve got a novel written.  It’s done, complete and crap.  It took me and Owen seven years to do and its, well, crap.  It gets better as one reads it, but only me and Owen have read it.  A friend started reading it but she had a baby so got sidetracked but her feedback of what she had read was “I can see the quality of the writing improver as I read” I’m talking about Project Phoenix here which as more time passes I’m coming to the realisation that it is mine and Owen’s trunk novel.  Never to be seen by ANYONE! It go me thinking though, even though it took seven years to complete, it’s still complete.  So why can I not get anything completed now?

My biggest problem (aside from a lack of discipline) is that I have this odd need to re-write everything.  Project Phoenix has come close to heavy re-writes a few times (Owen will be reading this screaming “I’VE BEEN TELLING YOU THIS FOR YEARS” I wont add in some of the adult words he would be using to describe me) Some of it may be that I get board of what I am working on.  Project Phoenix was worked on for seven years and I can’t bear to look at it now.

I have just started my planning of re-writing  re-working my NaNoWriMo project from last year.  It’s currently called Avoiding The Game but I am pretty sure that I am going to change the title as it does not really reflect what the story turned out to be.  I was going to totally re-write it but one of my Beta readers said to me not to until someone else had read it and she is dead on the money there.  Unless she comes back and says “re-write it” im just going to tweak, add, remove and so on until it’s the story that I want it to be.  I know roughly what I want to add but I am not sure how I want to end it.  At the moment it ends with quite a dramatic scene but that does not fit with how I would like the story to go so I am 99% sure that I am going to take that bit out.  I also need to decide whether it is a 1st or 3rd person point of view.  I changed my mind about this as I was writing it so it jumps from one to the other.  It feels like 1st person would work incredibly well but when I was writing it I was worried about word counts so I wanted to go 3rd person as that would allow more points of view to be added.  1st person would be more dramatic for this story though.  Again I think I’ll see what my fabulous Beta reader thinks.

There are lots of little ideas about this story in my head and the story itself would be a slow burn one which kind of scares me a little because it needs to be written very well to pull it off and I do worry whether I am good enough to do it justice but until I do write it I wont know if I am good enough or not.  Time will tell.

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