Just a few short hours ago, I took the time to shed some light on my recent struggle (because there have been many) with my blog novel, Ascension Graveyard.
In that post, which I totally recommend you read (click HERE to so) because it has brought me to this decision, I give five words of advice to novel writers about their first drafts.
Ascension Graveyard has taken its sweet time in revealing its muscle and the characters behind it. A couple of the heavy hitters didn’t reveal themselves to me until I was at least a good 65k into the writing process, with at least 30 or so chapters posted on the blog.
In the process of these characters coming to light, came that nudge to my creative core that I needed to introduce them earlier on in the story. I did take note to do so, BUT I have just kept plucking away at the keyboard, NOT doing so.
Why? Because honoring that call would mean I was starting over…on a first draft…that I have sharing with the world since June 2014…you see issue.
This was me ignoring my own advice, while misusing it at the same time. Brings fake tears to my eyes.
So, I realize that I have not only NOT been listening, but I have kept on writing, while assuring myself that the plot will work itself out…which it will if I LISTEN to the story!!!!!
So what does this all mean, and what is my big decision?
I have decided to listen, go back to the beginning, put these late comers to the story in their place and listen from there. What that means is that several of the chapters in the main menu will be going bye bye, but it is all in the name of doing what is right by one’s art.
There it is, folks. The struggle is real, but the journey upward is worth it.
In all truth I am feeling better about Ascension Graveyard already!