You know how you phone IT support and the first thing they do is ask whether you’ve turned your computer off and on again? Okay, so I don’t know if they actually do that, but the joke is common enough and rebooting (correctly) can solve a multitude of computer problems. I’m wondering if the same applies to novels.
I haven’t made any progress on the novel since NaNoWriMo ended (and you’ve all been super nice not mentioning it and making me feel guilty which could possibly have spurred me into action). I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo hoping it will help me to focus, but April was just so hectic with workshops and travelling I only wrote just shy of four hundred words.
But I realised it’s not just because April was so hectic, but because the story had changed. During the past five months I had been thinking about the novel and have been applying (in many cases unconsciously) many things I had learned and read about writing to it, that the story had morphed so much in my mind that I am now unable to continue with it. The story that’s written down is no longer the story I am writing. (Does that make sense? It sounds deep.)
So, I’m starting afresh, with some huge changes. I’m completely scrapping one of the two POVs I’d been using. The second POV, I now realise, draws attention away from the protagonist and uses up space I need to properly develop her character. The first act is also way too long, though cutting the second POV will, to a large extent help with that.
Unfortunately it’s not as simple as merely deleting the second POV. I’ll have to rewrite some of those scenes in whole or in part while also tweaking the existing scenes from the protagonist’s POV so everything fits. And then I still need to figure out how the story is going to end.
When rebooting a computer it pretty much restarts on it’s own (unless, you know, you need to run it in safe mode to fix something first). I have a feeling rebooting a novel is going to be a tad more difficult. Ah, well…
Word counter reset to zero. Let’s go!