So, y’all remember that Creepy Faces / Beneath The Darkness book I’ve been talking about for a while? The scary one that I’ve written about 45,000 words in?
Yeah, I’m probably going to scrap it.
The problem is this: I just can’t make it do what I want it to do. Like, I have this idea of what I want it to be, but it’s too convoluted and I can’t figure out how to make it OBEY.
It has been DIFFICULT, Grasshoppers.
And then a couple days ago, I had this kind of awesome idea about how to take it in a totally different direction, but it will require starting all over, which I did today. I wrote a brand new first chapter. And I like it. It needs work, but I like it.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
I’m also working on this funny contemporary book about two college freshmen who go on a study abroad program to Spain.
“Anne! Didn’t you do that in real life?” someone out there asks.
Yes, but I did it when I was a sophomore, so it’s TOTALLY DIFFERENT.
Anyway, it’s pretty hilarious so far, if I do say so myself, and honestly I’m in a bit of a quandary here.
CREEPY FACES is the book I feel like I need to write. It will be great, I know it, and very sellable.
UNTITLED CONTEMPORARY is the book I WANT to write at the moment.
If I work on both of them at the same time, my head might explode and also it will take me twice as long to complete the first drafts of each book.
Clearly, the only solution is to buy index cards, make a spreadsheet, and crank these suckers out.
I say that like it’s actually that easy. ARE YOU FOOLED? Ha, haaaaaaaaa.
I wish I could write a book in ten days, like some people out there. Although, I wonder what their first drafts look like? Messy? Full of mistakes?
Hmmm. So “writing a book in ten days” might really mean “spending months and months on revisions because I went too fast.”
What do y’all think? What is your fastest time for writing a first draft? How much of it did you use in the final manuscript, and how much did you scrap? What’s your favorite way to draft?
Tell me. I HAVE SO MANY IDEAS AND SO LITTLE TIME.