Thursday, March 10, 2011

Starting from Scratch

You know that exhilarating feeling you get when you realize you've just found the last of the missing mental puzzle pieces you were looking for to complete your story?

I just got that feeling yesterday.

I've been working on this novel for over two years now, if you count planning and outlining along with the actual writing itself, and it's come so far from where I started it's not even funny. Ironically, due to this new revelation, I have to scrap pretty much everything I've written so far, but one thing is for sure- I have a better grasp on my characters thanks to writing those pages.

It's a little tough, knowing that I have to start all over again in terms of writing, since I'd come so far and I'd even started planning my second act, like I mentioned in an earlier entry. But I think it's going to be worth it in the end. What I have now in terms of planning is so much stronger, and the plot is now much more closely tied to the ballet and Shakespearean roots it's derived from.

I hope that this good feeling lasts! (Because let's be honest here- my euphoria is also related to the fact that I am halfway done with my finals for winter quarter)


Tamara said...

Yay congratulations! I know it sucks to have to do a rewrite, but IT'S SO WORTH IT!

This story might inspire you some more:

Good luck!

Priyanka said...

Thanks for the link! It's definitely inspiring. :) I'm totally getting to work on my new draft tonight! (After I start writing my final term paper for my Jane Austen class, that is, haha)

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