Nanowrimo and My Rewrite

Nanowrimo is interesting this year. I’ve decided to do a rewrite instead of a completely new story. But here’s the thing: I’m actually adding a lot of new stuff to the story I have.

I never did that before in rewrites. I tried to stick to the original manuscript as much as possible. I would focus on improving dialogue and character development. I would look for inconsistencies and errors. But I wouldn’t actually add anything to the story.

It’s new for me.

If you’ve read any of my posts before, you might already know that I wrote The King’s Son around five years ago. But, after I had finished that first draft, I started work on Glory. That story took up the next three years of my life. So when I got back to TKS, my writing had improved a lot. More than that, I had been away from TKS world and wasn’t sure how to step back into it.

The reality is that I didn’t step back into it. I approached my writing as an editor only. I fixed up sentences I thought weren’t good. I developed characters and descriptions in ways that I thought sounded best. But I never actually got back into the heads of those characters or the vibe of the places they were in.

In this new rewrite, I’m doing that. And what I’ve found is that the world and the characters have changed a bit. That’s why I’m writing new stuff.

And by new stuff I really mean it.

So far, I’ve written four chapters. They follow the same plot that was written in the original manuscript and subsequent rewrites. But I’ve changed all of the words. That includes dialogue, description, and character development.

One of those chapters was even something I hadn’t even written about before. It was a memory that Peter (the main character) had that helped me (and the reader) understand how he got to where he is. You’ll see what I’m talking about after it’s been publish.

Even though it’s not the way I normally tackle a rewrite, it’s been fun. I feel like I’ve added the excitement of creating with the difficulty of editing. Difficulty for me, anyway. I really don’t enjoy the editing process all that much.

I’ve also found that rewriting this way has given my story more of a consistent voice.

Since I wrote this story such a long time ago in Korea, then got to the subsequent rewrites in Canada, China, Vietnam, and Ecuador, the voice of my story was all over the place. There had been too many emotions going on, too many changes, and those came through in my words.

Now, I’ve fixed that. Or, at least, am on my way to fixing it. Things have become much more a part of one story, instead of sounding like several different ones.

I guess here’s a good enough time to add that getting the voice of my story to be consistent has also led me to a pretty important life decision: I’ve decided to not think about getting a job or moving into my own place (or even another country) until TKS is complete.

Those things have been a huge source of worry for me over the past few months and the decision wasn’t easy to make. I’ll explain it in a bit more detail in another post (or maybe several).

For now, I’ll just say that I’ve chosen to focus on my story. And that means living off of my dwindling savings and living with my mom.

Don’t worry, I’ll definitely post more about that later.

Ultimately, I’m happy with how Nanowrimo is going. My craft is improving, as is TKS, and I look forward to seeing how all of this turns out.

Happy writing, everyone!

2 thoughts on “Nanowrimo and My Rewrite

  1. Joanna November 5, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    I often add much more when I rewrite as well. Best of luck with your writing!

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