Who wrote that song that has that line that goes “the way-yay-ting is the hardest part?” I’d give that person a nickel.Continue reading “Wayayayayating…”
Please Don’t Tell Anyone
This is a secret post. You’re not supposed to read it because it’s… duh, a secret!
I’ve written this same post so many times that I’m embarrassed to write it again. But you’re a writer, you know how it goes. You do something that you think is momentous, and you have to tell SOMEBODY.
Please keep this to yourself, but I’ve just finished, like ten minutes ago, the re-re-re-rewrite of my book.
Not the fourth rewrite to make it beautiful.
Not the third rewrite that takes out all the hackneyed eye-roller phrases (“this ends now”).
Nor even is it the second rewrite that ties the beginning to the end.
This isn’t really a rewrite at all, but a fresh new story with deepened characters and a reasonable plot. It just borrows elements from a previous version. Now, for the first time, that old story has a bottom to it.
Architect Penn Hsu tells us that if you knock down all but one wall of a house and rebuild the rest, it is no longer the same house. Ergo, ipso facto, allegro non troposphere, this is a new book.
Anyway, it’s done. At least I can tell YOU about it and not feel too foolish.
Nope, no , there it is.
Foolish through and through, because I keep finishing the same danged book!
This time is for real, though. Done and done.
Golden Treasure Island Archipelago
My car is so old that my mechanic took off the gas cap and handed it to me. His advice? Replace everything else.
You’re a writer, you know how it goes. You write the first draft, and then you rewrite, and then you rewrite it some more, and then it’s almost close to right. So you keep rewriting…
So riddle me this, Batperson: let’s say you have a house. It’s very nice, but you think maybe it’s time to remodel the kitchen, and maybe the bathroom. So you start changing things, you know. What if we did this, and put that room over there, and made a master suite, and an office, and a wet bar… and pretty soon, the only wall that isn’t changed is that one in the kitchen.
When it’s all done, is it the same house? It has the same address, I suppose, and sits on the same foundation. But is it the same joint that was built back in 1973?
The reason we’re here with this wearisome query is clear: I’m lost.
In putting cake under the icing, adding steak to go with the sizzle, I have somehow fundamentally changed the story.
“What?!? How could this be?” you ask. “I haven’t read the original, but I’m sure it was so good!”
The first draft was rather a madcap page-turning adventure story. Very fluffy and fun to write. And, according to my wife, the first 19 pages were the best I’ve written.
But everything from page 20 on is now new. Oh, they’re the same characters, but each now has more depth and solidity and backstories and stuff like that. And now there’s a clear plot and everything.
So, I ask you. Is it the same story? The same book?
This is a double conundrum because this book is actually a rewrite of my already self-published novel Droppington Place. If you haven’t read that one, well, there it is.
Sooooo, I’m thinking that I need to get out of the rewriting business and let this be a new book. The primary character is named Winchester Penrose. Maybe the new book will be called The Sawdust Man, a Winchester Penrose Story.
God, that sounds presumptuous, doesn’t it? Right out of the box, you’re launched into a series.
Shoot, I can’t even think of a sequel!
Taking Your Writerly Self Seriously
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Video Series: CANCELLED
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A Stranger in a Stranger Sequel
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Icing but no Cake
Well, the deed is done: the book is read, the review of that single most important reader of all is in my hot little hands. Drat.Continue reading “Icing but no Cake”
The Elevator Pitch
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