Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Abort, Retry, Fail?

The turning of the year is the traditional time for reflection and planning. Looking back on 2004, I see a lot of progress. Looking forward, I see a lot more. Looking around at where I am, I see some changes that I need to make.

Sometimes, you have to move back before you can move forward again. I find myself in that situation with Washed in the Blood. Over the past 6 months, working on this novel has taken a lot of thought and effort. I have been introduced to plotting and outlining, character building, and novel structure.

With close to 20,000 words written, I find that the story has now taken a major turn away from my original conception. My newly gained knowledge and experience tell me that this is an extremely positive move. Though the core of the story remains the same, the plot and some of the characters must change dramatically.

That means that about 10,000 words must be ripped out from the beginning and replaced. That's scary. I know it's necessary, but it still hurts my heart. I will keep a backup of this version before doing that, so that will help a little bit. I can keep the body around until it starts to stink the place up.

Ultimately, this means that WITB will be on hiatus for a while while I actually finish the pre-writing work that I should have done long ago. If I take a month or 6 weeks to establish a solid foundation, I could have a first draft completed sometime in the Fall. If it takes longer, then so be it. "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under Heaven." In the meantime, I have lots of short stories that need finishing and new ideas to develop.

A more appropriate message should be: Abort, Retry, Succeed!


At 4:54 PM, Blogger Debra Young said...

"Abort, Retry, Succeed!" Thanks, Carter. That's my mantra for 2005! D:))


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