Resisting The Urge

I’ve only just started reading through my NaNo 2015 novel so that I can see what needs doing to get it tidied up and have a completed first draft done. But I’m already fighting the urge to just start writing what I need. I’ve been going through the begining and I’ve pretty much decided how I want the story to start; that doesn’t mean I’m ready to write though. This is a mistake I’ve made time and time again.

I need to be calm and work this out properly so I know what I need before I start writing it out. I need to think about the beats I want to hit and how I want to play them out. A lot of the begining of the story needs expanding as well as there is a very testing part of the world that my protagonist has to go through before I expand it out to other characters.

I’d really also like to know how I’m going to end the story, in a little more detail. I’ve got the general idea but now that I think about it that part of the ending doesn’t really cover the protagonist. So I need to think through where he’s going to be at the end of the novel. An idea has just come to mind but I’ll see how that works out as I think it out.

There’s a long way to go before I can start writing again. As I’ve said in previous posts, I’m very happy with the middle and I’m fairly confident I know how I want to write the opening. The ending is still a little foggy but I’ve got a little time to think that out.

I’d like to focus on character development as well, I think that’s something I can neglect as I’m chasing the plot. My protagonist definitely needs to thought but so do a couple of the other characters. The antagonist doesn’t need much work I don’t think, but I’m keeping an open mind and will see how becomes across as I’m reading through. There’s secondary characters that I need to have a look at too. 

Right, I’ve got to get ready for work. Hopefully I’ll be able to think through a few of these things during the day. 

2 thoughts on “Resisting The Urge

  1. I know how you feel! My fingers start itching every time I re-read my first draft and see all the things I need to change, cut, improve, rewrite, etc. And I have to restrain myself from diving into that head first.

    I like to read the whole thing through at least once and create a new outline on which I mark all the places that need to be changed and issues that need to be addressed. Then I take a few weeks to ponder about the story and character progression and hammer down the beats. And only then do I allow myself to start hacking and slashing at my words.

    Good luck with your planning and rewriting! It’s hard work but it’s also so rewarding.

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    • Thank you, Elena. I’ve got a very fragmented draft to work with, it’s not worthy of being called a first draft at the moment.
      I’m planning to go through what I’ve got, figure out what I need to do to fill in the gaps and then once I’ve done that I’ll have a proper first draft to work with 🙂

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