Revisions, rewrites, and other things...

I am my own worst critic.

I am nit-picky about everything, which is why I decided to start from scratch.

No, I won't throw all of what I had written so far, because getting rid of almost 40,000 words is just insane. That is like....I can't even think of a witty comparison at the moment, but that's just insane, and I would be insane if I do that.

There are a lot of ideas floating around in my head. I know where I want the story to go. I know where I want my characters to go, I just don't know how to start everything off, because as I have mentioned millions of times, I am horrible at writing beginnings.

That has to be my weak spot when it comes to writing. I am trying to remedy my problem by reading a lot of books, seeing how other writers start off their books, take notes. Write down what I like about the beginning, and try to see if I can use the same techniques that they used to to construct my beginning.

So, yeah, writing a book is not easy. It can be fun and rewarding at times but there are moments when you feel like ripping your hair out. That is how I felt when I was reading over what I have written so far of Lost & Found.

I am not going to lie to you. There are a lot of plot holes, a lot of unnecessary scenes, words etc. The characters don't have enough chemistry, and really everything is just all over the place. Basically it's going to take me a really really really long time to finish editing and writing and polishing up this novel. But it is worth it because I love the characters, I love their motives, I love their relationships, even if they are a bit rocky.

I love that this is the first novel that I have written in years. Well, the first novel that I have written that has more than 20k. Right now I think I'm up to 40k. Give or take a couple thousand. But anyways, this book is worth it.

I just need to really sit down and think things through. I need to focus on strengthening the plot, because this is a very plot-driven novel.

So I have a lot on my plate.

I'm going to start taking notes tonight, and hopefully I can work out trying to write yet another beginning.

In the mean time, I have other ideas. Ones that may remain just that: Ideas.

But I really want to write a murder mystery.

I can't tell you how much I loved Nancy Drew when I was younger. I never really read the books, but I have almost all of the computer games, and it was fun solving mysteries, finding the bad guy etc. I even have a Nancy Drew fanfic saved on my computer, but that is a story for another day.

Of course this said murder mystery would be YA and of course it will have romance in it, because I don't write stories without love.

It needs to be thought about a little more, but I will keep you guys updated if I decide to write this idea.

We shall see.

So, where are you at with your writing? Is there anything that you learned about your novel when you read it over?


  1. I have been on this very long writing sabbatical. I should feel bad for not writing, its been months! But I don't really, lol. I've been reading a lot of amazing books and just soaking it all in. I guess I'll write when I'm comfortable with my prose, character and plot again.