Monday, February 1, 2016

When to start a draft over?

I've never started a draft over and the thought leaves me with mixed feelings. On the one hand, it makes me feel like I'm not trying hard enough, that if I just push through I could make it work. That I'm making excuses because this draft is hard and if I start over, I won't actually finish it. (I don't know why I think that, because I've never not finished a first draft). That with starting over, it will take many more months to complete.

On the other hand, my gut is telling me this is what I should do. That the draft, while it will take forever and I probably won't reach my goal of finishing the draft by April 1st, will be better for it. It will be a lot of work, but it won't be like how it is now. Which is not working.

And this is how I decided to start over.

Last Monday was a snow day and I took the whole day to re-outline half of my story. It made me realize what I was missing (ahem, the ending and point of the story... well, at least the tangible point of the story) and that I couldn't move on until I figured it out. But to get to the ending in the story, I needed to rewrite the beginning.

And so I embark in my first ever rewrite and hope that this fixes some of my missing parts. I won't be able to start just yet, since I still don't completely know the ending, but I am looking forward to starting over and not completely dreading it.

Have you ever started a draft over? Did it help you in the end?


  1. Good luck on your rewrite! I can say from experience that it can definitely work.

    1. Thank you! I'm hoping that it will get the juices flowing again and just have everything make more sense. I still have a bit more outlining to do, but hopefully I can start soon!