I am surprised to say that re-writing a 98k word novel is significantly easier to do than writing it all out in the first place. For several months I have been stagnating in my writing, unable to move forward and address the changes that needed to be made in my book before it could be sent off to a publisher. Recently, I found myself in a state of utter frustration (due most to my health being utterly deplorable of late) where I was able to sit down and begin the arduous journey of rewriting a very long story. Much to my surprise, I found myself writing out the story with ease as I went over it chapter by chapter. It turns out that all I needed to overcome the frustration of having to rewrite such a tremendously long piece of literature was to simply be more frustrated with my own state in life. In comparison, re-writing began to look like a fairly simple and straight forward task.
So far I have gone over and edited just over 8k words, though I have had to take a short break for the holidays. With all of my family commitments combined with work, I have not had the time to continue beyond that. Though it may seem that I have but scratched the surface of my novel, I am proud to say that I am no longer daunted by the prospect of continuing to re-write it all. Something that I have also learned in reading my book with such care: I built the story quite well. What I am finding is that I need to work on the actual writing style rather than the content of the book. As an author, that is a very uplifting realization because it simplifies the entire editing process. With the story being well developed, all I need to do to add in the extra information that I had been missing is to write it in as I expand my descriptions and character development.
I am hoping to have my novel written out within the next couple of months, at which point I will have a family friend (who happens to be a university professor in the English literature department) edit my novel. With any luck, that editing will polish off my novel enough that I will be ready to send it to publishing companies.
Unfortunately, my novel is on hold until I have a work space and the ability to print off sections at a time in order to edit properly. I am hoping that I will be able get back into the editing process soon. I finally have a better idea of how I am going to incorporate the information that was missing.
I have decided that rather than using any cultural myths, I will do my best to create a stand alone universe for the story. Thus far I was asking the universe heavily on Norse mythology, but with the uprise in myth based fiction, I would rather create a more unique experience for my readers. There will likely still be overlaps, but this way I will have more freedom with my story. I am going to use the time it takes to set up my work space to get a better overview of those changes to my story.
I have recently come across a roadblock in my journey as a writer that I had not previously thought of. As I began to write the sequel to my first novel, I realised that there is a significant amount of information that I have completely forgotten to write into the first novel. Now, theoretically this may not have been a problem, except for the fact that the second book requires this information as a foundation to make sense.
With this road block in mind, I have stopped my editing so that I can go back and rewrite the whole book to incorporate this information. It will be a lot more work (considering my novel is already 98K words long), but it will be worth it for the sake of continuing my book series. I have started by doing a mind map of some of the missing information, once I have established everything that needs to be added I will need to comb over the current edition of my work. I will have to figure out where in my story to add in this information and how in the world to incorporate it into the story smoothly.
I have a lot of writing ahead of me. 🙂 It is a very good thing that I love to write.
It is proving an interesting journey to become a published writer after the completion of my first novel. Though some churn out books at the flick of a wrist and others take many years for completion, my novel took the better part of two years to complete. A year and 8 months to be exact, though if include the editing process I would stretch that 10. I had never thought of myself as a writer until I had hit chapter 34 in my book, which now consists of 75 chapters sitting at a comfortable 99K words or so. A fantasy adventure in a world that mixes a grand mosaic of cosmology, I personify Magic and the adventures that follow in a universe on the verge of destruction.
Though I cannot say for certain, I hope that the story captivates its readers. I’ve tested my writing on a few friends, who seem to be chomping at the bit to read more, but as to whether it will be a success? Well, that would depend on your definition of success. I am hoping that my book reaches the hands of any of whom would find themselves enjoying a break from the mundane and searching for a trip into a new world. Following the lives of my characters as though walking into their shoes, watching as they act out in impulse, and cringing when they stumble. I want my book to be an inspiration when people need it, not bring them to greater places or journeys in life, but to bring them to a place they can call home when they feel farthest from it. Success to me is not in sales, or numbers, or fame. Success is touching the hearts of my readers, bringing them joy and anger, making them feel.
I hope when my novel is published that I can have that impact on even one single person. That my words can bring them joy and thrust them through a portal to live in a place they had never seen. Perhaps you will read my novel one day and throw it out with the trash, but I stand by the saying:
“One man’s trash, is another man’s treasure.”