I'm thinking about starting up the actual writing of the third draft of my first novel soon. By "Soon," I mean "Today."
By "Thinking of," I mean "decided to yesterday, but I'm terrified."[1. I realize that means the correct version of the first sentence of this post therefore reads "I'm decided to yesterday," but I'm lazy and I'd rather make a footnote about it than rework the construction.]
I can't remember how many years ago it was that I did the first two drafts of that book, but I do know that one of the things that made it easy was the fact that I didn't care about it being any good. I knew it wasn't going to be any good, so I just went with it. The first draft didn't even make any sense. The second draft only had the advantage of coherency over the first -- I'm pretty sure there are sections that consist of big bracketed "PUT AN ACTION SCENE HERE" notes.
Here are some things I know I'm throwing out from the second draft going into the third:
- Most of the structure of the vague city it took place in
- The corporations that served vaguely as antagonists and support structures
- The internationally wanted con artist
- The huge collection of cool magical toys
- Almost all of the main cast
Here are some things I'm not yet sure about keeping:
- The dreamscape
- The monkey
- The magic skull
Here are some of the things that are new in this draft:
- The alternate history United States in which magic had its own industrial revolution
- The city just north of Detroit
Making that list has only made me feel a little more hopeless, but I'm going to leave it there because I thought it was going to help, and it might still help later.
I am scared. But I'm still going to start it tonight.