Scrappy Doo.

Yesterday, I was 3800 words in to the short story I started Labor Day weekend, around halfway through and had notes for the rest of it, when I realized I was doing it wrong.  The plot was fine, the main character was all right, but the scenes were all wrong, and I had her interacting with the wrong people.  Looking at it, I could tell that I couldn’t fix it by revising; I had to scrap the whole thing. I doubt there are two words together in the first draft that I can really use.

So I junked it. I moved the original draft into the “Research” folder in the Scrivener project for the story and started a new draft from scratch. I got more than 1,000 words written today, and probably would have made more progress if I hadn’t started to come down with a godawful headache; luckily, it receded somewhat and I was functional for at least part of the evening.  I’m going to try to finish the whole story in a week, the right way this time. We’ll see.

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6 responses to “Scrappy Doo.

  1. That happens. but usually, the finished product is much better. I’ve had a couple of novels do that to me. Hurts a lot when it happens at 70,000 words.

  2. Yeah, I was gonna say, the novel I finished last year? At one point I had 250 mss pgs and had to scrap it and start over. It’s just the nature of the beast.

  3. what’s harder is explaining it to the people who just go “well, why don’t you just fix it and finish it then!” some of whom I am married to.

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