Back when I first started writing part two of my lovely Doc books, I had to rewrite it about five times. Because it NEVER turned out right. None of them would work for what I wanted.
I’m sure that’s nothing new to any of you writers out there. It’s a fact of life.
As a note, I hate re-writing. I feel the first try is normally the best. i hate having to re-write a whole scene. Adding things to make it better, sure. Expanding on something, sure. But completely changing it? That sucks.
Funny thing, my dad is a firm believer that your second draft is 10% shorter than your first draft. He was amazed that when I sent him my second draft or more edits, that I UPPED my work count by over a 1,000 words. Made me laugh, lol.
But I’m getting away from the point of my post! I think. I’m not even totally sure what the point is any more.
Oh! Right! I remember now!
In one of the first tries at writing this part two of my lovely part one, I had a scene where Delilah, my main character, meets the main-ish bad guy (he’s the main bad guy’s lackey) but she doesn’t know it’s him. She never even learns his name throughout the whole thing. Well, the story takes place up in Washington where it’s rainy all the time, so it’s pouring and he offers to buy her some hot chocolate, which she accepts.
The scene was so cute as he’s being nice to her and they’re talking, but then he has to leave because he got a call from his boss. Now, this lackey is really hot and she’s got a crush on him, but thinks she’ll never see him again, so on and so forth.
Such a cute scene!
But it had to be cut, because when I rewrote all but my prologue, it just didn’t fit with the new story line. My favorite scene had to be cut! Le sigh!
Well, I decided I was going to keep the scene, but I’d have to redo it to fit…
It’s not bad, but it’s not as cute as the first one was. She obviously know’s who he is now and he comes across weird, for some reason. Not like typical weird, just like… subtly off in the head or something. But– OH MY GOD! My subconscious just let out a little nugget of golden information! But I won’t tell you. Because it’ll ruin things for you. Hehehe.
Any how. That’s my dilemma. My poor, adorable scene…. I guess I’ll just keep holding on to it and use it as a bonus thing when I get published.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. All pun intended. :P
This happened to any of you guys out there? How do you deal with it?
PS, I just realized that I have more outtake from this first 13,000 words than I did for my whole 65,600 words of the first one. That’s messed up.