Back to the Beginning: Rewriting my YA Novel
Ahh, so I’ve written the ending of my YA novel and now it’s back to the beginning where I need to chuck out 50 pages and rewrite them all (except for a few key scenes). I’m giving myself a self-imposed deadline of Feb. 1st to finish this rewrite and give Michelle a polished draft. The most important lesson I’ve learned while rewriting is that you can’t be in love with your words. Working as a magazine editor by day has helped my writing at night. I realize that most of what I write is just a hint of what’s really there. Gotta constantly push my characters more, let them surprise me, and take them to interesting places. My first pass at the ending was too hokey and everyone got what they wanted. And in real life, especially for teenagers, that hardly ever happens. So good-bye ending, you’ve been rewritten.
Somewhere in this pile of pages is my book. Gotta get back to it.