I finished rewriting two major scenes in my book yesterday, and when I say rewriting, I mean literally deleting what existed and creating two entirely new scenes to take their place.
I’ve had to do that a lot with this manuscript. Writing a book in 30 days is a rush, but it also leaves you with 200+ pages of “WTF was I thinking when I wrote this??”
Most writers will tell you that, not unlike an undercooked doughnut, the middle of a first draft is usually a soggy and mushy mess. My book got so off course that I’ve had to completely rewrite the middle section, mostly because I didn’t realize the story needed three particular characters until I reached the final third of it.
How does that happen? Well, that’s the problem with not plotting too much before you dive into a month of writing frenzy. Things get overlooked. That’s what the second draft is for, after all.
And while I still recognize that the plot needs to be tighter, I like this second draft so much more than the first, that I can’t wait to start the third.