It’s a busy writing year, and that’s a good thing. I started a Christmas novella as part of a collaboration with Inspy Romance authors. This summer I start You’re Amazing with our daughter.
And as soon as I find the courage, I need to scrap the 10k I’ve already written for my contemporary romance, Anchored.
At least, I think I need to start over. The story is in my head, and in there, it’s complex but beautiful. On paper, it’s just not there. I tend to be character-driven, but even that seems lacking. The premise is there, a series based on sextuplets who stay in the spotlight because of tragedy. Each book features a sibling trying to find a love like what their parents had. In my head it has a This is Us feel to it, showcasing the Southern Tier of Upstate NY.
I started during NaNoWriMo and decided to write in third person POV. That’s not my preference, I love writing first person, present tense. I wonder if that’s what I need to do. The heroine is strong, Jordyn Collins is the oldest. She feels obligated to take care of her father and siblings. That’s a blessing, but it has its drawbacks. I think first person can make Jordyn shine. Jordyn is going to have her share of conflict between taking care of her family and a job opportunity that challenges her at every turn.
I’m not looking forward to starting over, but the good news is I’m willing. Someone once told me that a hobbyist resists re-writing and critiques, but an author welcomes the changes. All writers have a part of themselves invested in their work, but I want the story to engage readers and transform lives. For that, I need to do whatever it takes. The critiques already reflected that it needs sharpening. I knew it, and that was confirmation.
Once I have a little more written with the Christmas story, I plan to look at Anchored with fresh eyes and start over. I believe the time I take making it right will be worth it.
How many drafts do you think an author goes through before a book is complete? Are you surprised to learn that sometimes we have to scrap our work and start over?