What is this strange feeling?

So last week I went into how I had scrapped an entire section of my first draft and that it was like a dirigible race. Which makes sense. The first thing I always think of when discussing writing is how to work in more blimp metaphors.

Back when I wrote that, way back on Thursday, it had seemed like I was very much in the midst of things. That my need to generate all new scenes and text would be continuing for a while longer.

Today, after getting my writing in, I took a quick peek forward to see when I might possibly slip back into my old draft. I was shocked to learn that I was maybe a scene or two away from rejoining my first draft.

That means I’m almost done with this crap and back to rewriting. And rewriting, compared to fleshing out brand new scenes, is SOOOO much easier and so much faster.

And that means I’m back to almost being done with this book.

How did that happen?

Granted, I’ve been, “almost done with this book,” for eons now, so I’m going to keep my damned fool mouth shut as far as hard dates go.

However I am tentatively looking forward to getting back to actual rewriting, touching up words and punching up dialog instead of crafting it fresh.

And that makes me happy.


  1. Scott Rhine says:

    I usually use the big bang model. I collect a critical mass of tableaus, back story, and rearch over 6 to 8 weeks. Then the story usually almost writes itself for six months. The first complete draft product is one of my proudest moments, like seeing the baby a *really* long birth. Cleaning out the mucus so it can scream with its own voice doesn’t take long. This is more like chiropracty or Feng Shui. Once I am satisified, my problem has always been how to cut off the fingers and toes so it will fit in someone else’s box, or worse how to put stilleto heels and lipstick. You want people to love your children for who they are like you did.