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Draft Rewriting

My novel draft isn’t quite done. It would be in another half dozen pages, but I don’t intend to write them. Instead I am starting draft rewriting.

Why won’t I finish that rough draft? Because I know what the end of the novel is so I won’t break any new ground by writing it. Because I know I need to rewrite the novel entirely which may change part of that ending anyway.

Writing for NaNo (National Novel Writing Month) is challenging. The word count goal is designed to make a writer keep writing without going back to make changes, edit or otherwise get disappointed and discouraged with the draft to the point of quitting. The purpose is to complete a rough draft enough to keep the writer writing.

cover for Capri Capers by Karen GoatKeeper
Draft rewriting was a major operation for “Capri Capers” as well. First was the format I wrote the draft in. Next was drawing a map so I knew the roads and area where much of the action took place. With a map I found the turn into the driveway was to the left, not the right. Oops.

Even as I wrote this NaNo draft, I started a list of things to work on. Details were missing. Research was needed. Descriptions were incomplete or not appropriate.

The biggest change I wanted to make was in the point of view.

This entire novel revolves around one person: Mindy. Yet I wrote the novel in third person as though I had a big cast of characters to include.

Even though I tried a limited third person focusing on Mindy, the novel felt awkward. I want to rewrite the novel in first person. That is what my draft rewriting will focus on.

Does this mean my work over November was a waste of time? Definitely not. The incidents are still valid. The decisions are part of the plot. Changing the point of view of a novel doesn’t change any of these, only in how they are related.

Will changing the point of view make the novel better? I won’t know until I give it a try.

There is another aspect of this. What really irks me is the constant ‘she’ in most of the sentences. Changing the ‘she’ to ‘I’ won’t change this. It may make the novel worse.

Instead of writing so many I’s or shes, I need to change the sentences so they aren’t needed. That will take changing how I look at the novel and the actions in it. Nothing like a challenge to keep my writing interesting.

Dealing with such problems is what draft rewriting is all about.