Monday Mayhem

I didn't have a blog post planned for today, so I'm just going to fly by the seat of my pants this week. How about a little free-writing this morning? Normally, when I free-write it comes out like a journal or diary entry. That's not going to help me come up with any ideas. 

Not that I need any more ideas right now. I have a whole pile of stuff that I've started and set aside. I need to figure out what to do with those projects. Right now, I'm revising a novel that I wrote a long time ago. I want to say it's been at least ten years ago. 

Some things I've noticed as I've been revising that piece are:

  • it's not as bad as I thought,
  • the parts that have been heavily revised are the worst of it,
  • and don't ever throw away your rough draft. 

Some of the revised parts were so bad that it made my head hurt to even consider revising them. Since the latest version had veered so far off course from my original idea, I cut some scenes and replaced them with the original scenes from the rough draft. 

I literally, cut them out of the notebook I originally drafted it in and glued the pieces to printer paper so I could put it all in place. I'm surprised at how little I really had to change the rough draft portions. 

Which brings me to my next thought. I think I over-revise. At least I sure did on this piece. If I recall correctly, I did 7 revisions before I put it away, frustrated with it. I did something similar with Alaskan Recovery. I wrote the draft, then I revised and got another idea for Cari's character.

For those of you who haven't read Alaskan Recovery yet, I don't want to include any spoilers, but I will say that I wrote 100-150 pages of story that was essentially backstory. I spent years trying to figure out the best way to combine the two "stories". In the end, I cut the 100-150 pages of backstory and ended up back to the original story. 

I need to remember this with my upcoming projects. I don't want to spend ages revising and tweaking stuff that isn't necessary. I'm not saying that I can't add details and nuances in revisions, but I do need to ask myself whether or not I'm adding to the original story, or just obsessing with my characters and making my life more difficult than it needs to be.

So... now you can see how my mind works when I just let it go. I worry a lot about what I'm doing. Whether it's right, wrong, or just a waste of time. I think with my fingers as I type. And sometimes, I just need to see stuff on the screen to solidify it in my brain. 

There really wasn't much point to this blog post, other than I said I'd post every Monday. So here I am, posting. ;)