My manuscript is a big, giant mess right now.
And I’m okay with that.
I talked a bit about this in my vlog that I filmed earlier, but I think I’d like to explore it a little bit more before I leave you all today.
I made the decision earlier this week to drop my word count goal on my first draft of A Magic Dark and Bright by about 20k, mostly because I figured out a MAJOR PLOT POINT which necessitates rewriting pretty much the entire book.
If this was me last year, I would have broken down in tears because of the frustration.
Now? I’m so excited to get things right. But in order to do that, I want to have a really rough–and even WRONG–first draft, so I have something to work with. Something is better than nothing. The bones of something pretty awesome are there, but I have a long way to go before it’s something beautiful. I have a list alongside of every chapter of things that need to be changed, addressed, or completely rewritten over draft two, and I’m dying to get started.
I’m learning so much about my characters over this draft. I’m learning so much about this STORY. I could throw everything that I have out right now and start over, but I don’t think that’s the right move. I need to write the end of this thing.
It’s not pretty right now. It’s not easy, and it’s not anywhere near where it needs to be. But it has potential, and for me, that’s enough right now.
And now, a quick vlog: