I really appreciated all the encouragement you guys gave me when I talked about writing Vivid for NaNo. That was 2 months ago and now I’ve decided to start over.
After not finishing the first draft, I realized 3 very important things:
- I SHOULD HAVE DONE MORE RESEARCH! I was so excited about writing the kind of story I’d want to read that I didn’t worry about all the gaps in my knowledge. Now I am worrying…
- I still want to write this book!…even though there is a lot I probably won’t know even after doing research. I’ve never experienced any of the things I’m going to write about first-hand. But I love my characters and I don’t want to give up on this book so I will try my best.
- I strayed too far from my original idea while writing Vivid…..and my outline reflects that! I love outlining chapters before I write them so I thought I had the whole plot figured out, but I really didn’t and taking a break from writing it helped me realize that.
So this “rewrite” is less about fixing plot holes and more about figuring out what was supposed to happen in Vivid but didn’t and getting rid of all the random/unnecessary relationships/things/etc. I created.
I also have to change the entire timeline because it makes way more sense for Vivid to start on the first day of school (I’ll try not to make it too cliché!). I’m hoping I can incorporate what I’ve already written into the second half of the book but I doubt it. I want to keep all of the same characters but I’ll have to re-decide what their relationship is to my main character, Radha (and they might not have as many “secrets” this time around because I think Vivid was way too dramatic in the first draft).
I’m not sure when I’m going to start (re)writing Vivid because I’m also working on some short stories and poems but I’ll tweet about it when I do. Hopefully I’ll finish this book by the end of the year but I need to take a break from it first so I don’t get confused over details when I write it.
Oh and I almost forgot, here is what Vivid will (hopefully) be about:
16 year-old Radha Sharad doesn’t want to drop out of school again because this time her mother will enroll her in an online school but the anti-depressants aren’t working properly and she is growing tired of pretending that everything is okay.