As I approach the half way mark of writing book two, I thought now would be a good time to take a look back, reflect a little.
Book one was not easy to write. I had imagined that I could just sit down and begin, thinking that I would write fluidly throughout. Nope. I don’t know if I have mentioned this on my blog before but the first ten or twelve chapters of book one were originally written in third person. Most of the books that I read are in first person so I have absolutely no idea why I chose third. I continued at first, ignoring my fears – hoping they would go away but the bottom line was the book needed changing. I couldn’t connect properly to the protagonist and if I, as the writer couldn’t, how are the readers supposed to? So major overhaul ensued. It didn’t really take that long, a few nights but it was a total pain in the butt. That was probably the biggest problem I faced. Book two is a whole other story.
35k words in, I decided that the book was too complex. There was just far too much going on to be able to fit into the general size requirements of a young adult book. I was writing two books in one. So, one of my evil characters got iced. She will be back though, to reign terror on my characters in the third. Unfortunately, that left a lot of work to be done to tidy up what I had written so far. It has taken a couple of weeks (I think, though it feels like months) to get it all back up to scratch. I still think it needs more but I will get to that in the second draft.
Another problem I ran into, well maybe not a problem so much, is that I allowed two months to pass in a single sentence. I wrote a couple of paragraphs on what had happened in those two months but nothing in depth. On I charged, but a few chapters later I got to thinking. Those two months were hugely symbolic. My characters current actions were based on what she had experienced during that time. So, I decided that I really needed to write those two months in. It wasn’t a huge amount, spanning three chapters, but it definitely made a massive difference to the quality.
I had written up an outline for book two, all of which I deviated from. I knew what was going to happen in the beginning, middle and end – now I haven’t the foggiest what will happen in the closing chapter and even if I did, I am sure it would change by the time I was finished. So, that’s where I am at the moment. I have no idea where I am going and no idea how I am going to get there. In short, I haven’t a clue what I am doing. Isn’t that the same for us all though?