WARNING: Some images you may find disturbing
(No, not that one!)
Some writers understandably hate doing the rewrite. I can see their point. They’ve put all their effort into forging this narrative together, worked hard and heavy through all manner of issues and had to squeeze out the time to write amongst all the other demands made by Life. Then, what to they get as a reward? Typos, syntax problems, holes in the plot, main characters not coming alive and that’s before we even start to think of listing all the problems.
Me? I enjoy a rewrite. Taking the journey with the characters, knowing where they are going, how they are getting there and all the fun which goes with it.
Hold on! What did I say?
Look again sunshine!
Oh Frib! I’ve done it again. Gone and literally lost the plot.
Y’ see this can be a bit of a problem when you are having so much ‘fun’ with describing all the adventures, banter, relationship interactions, personal hopes, fear and so forth, which you decided would be vital to brining the characters alive (Or in my case, help them travel from their world to ours).
The book now reads like a series of unconnected sketches and vignettes, as if it were some sort of comedy skit show with moral message.
Dearie me. All these lovely folk wandering from one circumstance to another and surmounting all manner of problems. And there’s no plot to indicate as to why they are doing all these things! OK a few minor characters turn up and make ominous statements of heavy portent then vanish again and someone leaps up with a seriously dangerous weapon, be it physical or ‘magical’ (crude word, it’ll have to do) only to be cleverly defeated, but sadly this does not make for a plot.
I had a sneak of bad feeling, when at towards the end of this volume the central characters were left stalwartly together basically affirming their friendship, loyalty and love to each other then effectively saying to the whole world ‘Bring It On’ to go riding off into, literally, sunrises.
Yeh that’ll work……If it was a Musical.
So it is time for some serious crafting. Time for a serious discussion with myself….
Here is the work. There, over there are bits of the plot. Now, go through the whole thing and weave those bits into one long thread which should run through the book.
But I might lose some of my favourite little vignettes.
Well that’s too bad.
This is not as much fun as it used to be.
It’s because you are taking things seriously.
Oh My! This means hard work!
Do you want folk to read the fribbin’ book or not?
If you put it like that….
And there we are everyone. Remember never lose sight of your plot. It may change a bit, could even do a complete lurch in a way you did not expect.
Whatever, but at least keep it on the horizon
All the best with whatever you are currently working on.