i ‘m (sort-of) rewriting vivid!

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:

  1. 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… 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

anyway, i’d love to hear what you guys are working on? and also, how much time do you spend researching things for your wip?  

15 thoughts on “i ‘m (sort-of) rewriting vivid!

  1. Good luck with your rewrites!! I HOPE THEY TREAT YOU NICELY! Agh, sometimes doing such a big overhaul can be daunting right? I get kind of freaked over it. XD But I loooove those stories that just never leave you alone even though they need tons of work. (Also your little pitch 100% hooks me in!)

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    1. Thank you! ❤ Ak I doubt that will happen. OMG YES IT IS SO DAUNTING!! But like you said I'm so glad Vivid is one of those stories that won't stop bugging me and reminding me to be written! 😛 (Also I'm so relieved to hear you like my pitch! I spent a couple of hours trying to figure out what Vivid is about and finally came up with that :D)
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    1. Ahh well I’ll look forward to hearing more about how your rewriting is going! How many projects are you currently working on? 🙂


  2. Sounds like a great plan! I’m currently working on a novel that has some pretty deep racial themes at play and I’m trying my best to be as accurate as possible. I actually started writing before I finished doing all my research — I just couldn’t stop myself! I was too excited about the plot to wait 😛

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    1. Your novel sounds great. I feel like it’s definitely good to fact-check certain things if your book delves into topics like that – hope everything is accurate! Oh yes I know the feeling (although the excitement has died down a little now for me).


  3. a) have been working on a Thing for almost two years now. I rewrote it 3+ times and have all the TOCs to prove it. Involves Norse mythology and Venus’ flytraps.
    b) I’ll just say this: do NOT procrastinate by doing research, however good an idea this might seem. your writing will probably turn 203948209384+ times more scholarly due to the amount of stuff you know and the reader, however clever, will not. sources: personal experience

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    1. I hope this is the year you get to finish your Thing! ❤
      Ok but here's the thing, I won't be using research to procrastinate – just to help me figure out minor details and make the story more realistic. I will have to be careful not to insert a ton of information though (or I might be more informal about it).

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