Wednesday, 8 May 2013

A Big Decision

I've taken a break from everything writing related for over a week now. I didn't write, I didn't blog or twitter or outline. I didn't even brainstorm. I went for a walk through life and cleared my head of all the clutter up there. I needed to step back from everything, I had some pretty important things to work out.

When I finished writing Unbroken I was euphoric. I was on cloud 9 for weeks. I had done it! I wrote a book! So I took the age old advice and I set it aside for awhile. When I looked at it again I saw it for what it really was, a first draft. A really rough first draft. So I set out to perfect it. Four revisions later, I've made a decision. It was extremely hard for me to decide this but...

I am going to rewrite Unbroken. I'm going sit down and nail down a proper outline, I'm going to take my time and work on sub story and character development and work them all into my outline. I want to get it right this time. I don't want to fly by the seat of my pants and make stuff up as I go, it's not working for me, it never has and likely never will. It's time to grow up and change how I do things.

The first draft isn't wrong, per say, but it doesn't tell the story I want to tell, and that is a problem. The only way to fix said problem, is to rewrite it. I'm not scrapping the book, there's too much good stuff in there, stuff I will use for this book, other things will get saved for other books, but as it sits, I'm not happy with it. Unbroken was an experiment that, while not a failure, was not a resounding success. It was a learning experience from the beginning and will continue to be, probably forever. Even after it's finished there are things I will learn that I don't yet know.

I'm betting the rewrite will take me longer than the 30 days it took me to pen the first draft.


  1. WOW, that's HUGE. I'm the same as you, I just can't wing it when writing. I have to plot and outline and know exactly where I am going with it.

    For what it is worth, i think you are making the right call. I have made a similar decision with my work.

    I've enjoyed reading your blogs by the way.

    1. Thanks, Wanderer! Your blog is spectacular by the way!

  2. I understand this post as much as you understand this post, for the same reasons.
    Thank you