My long awaited first novel (at least by me), Little White Lies, has moved on to a second draft status. That is not to say that a complete first draft exists, but that I have ended the first draft at page 112 because I had trouble fleshing out the main character. She is a very complicated young lady and I thought the direction I was taking her felt unnatural. She was making choices that didn’t not fit her character. So, like many women do when they aren’t feeling great, Kylee is going to get a makeover.
This isn’t, however, a re-write. I would say that 80% percent of the material I have already written will make it into the second draft. I just decided that instead of wasting my time writing a complete first draft that I would only use 80% of, I should just start the second draft from the beginning and lose 20% of what I’ve written so far. I would rather lose 20% of 112 pages versus losing 20% of 400-500 pages.
The pessimist in me says that I’m starting from scratch, but the optimist says, ‘Hey, Richard, you’ve already got 90 pages done.’