Thursday 3 May 2012
Book 2 - Editing With Rose-Tinted Glasses
After a month away from Book 2, I have started the 2nd draft. The month away did the book the world of good (I hope) as taking a step back allowed me to see where I had gone wrong or how I could improve what was already there.
It dawned on me suddenly that it was all too easy with the love element of the book. She meets the dude and they start dating, they fall in love. Then there is a slight hiccup at the end but that is quickly resolved. While this may be fantastic for the character involved, it isn't as interesting for the reader. We need a few spanners thrown into the works, a twist here, a turn there. No smooth A-B for me, please.
So I'm sorry, dear Main Character, but your life is about to get a bit more complicated. I hope you'll forgive me (psst, don't tell anyone but it all works out in the end).
This means the 2nd draft isn't going to be quite as simple as I'd envisaged. I'm feeling a bit of deja vu. I thought the 2nd draft of Book 1 was going to be plain sailing. It was far from it. I rewrote almost the whole book in the end, which was worth it when I finally finished but bloody hard work.
Ah, yes. Now I remember the hard work. I'd been quite looking forward to getting my hands back on Book 2 for the 2nd draft, playing around with it. A bit of cutting and pasting, adding in the odd scene. It was going to be wonderfully creative. And now I have just burst my own bubble. I've been looking forward to the 2nd draft with rose-tinted glasses.
The 2nd draft is going to be hell.
But I'm ready for it (I think). At least this time I know what I'm letting myself in for. Eek!