What would you do?
I got a small problem and I could use some advice. I have two choices concerning my manuscript. I have been reviewing some passages that I first wrote almost two years ago. Quite frankly, the writing is not very good. I knew that back then and today after two years of additional experience, I am ashamed to have allowed (forced) my parents to read it. They did because that is their job, but I know that no professional would read past paragraph one.
Last September, I did a complete re-write of the first third of the novel, about 25K words. That was necessary because the story needed to be re-done. I am very happy with the story now although the writing still needs a professional edit. This new opening was submitted to the “Flogging The Quill” site in December. Ray was tough on the word choices and I had several grammar issues, but he liked the story of the first page. I took that as an unqualified success.
My question for you guys is this. What should I do with the other two-thirds? Do I try to fix it up or should I just do a complete re-write of the story?
For all my writing buddies out there, I am looking for your advice. I know several of you have been in the situation and I would like to know what you did. I think the time investment will be about the same. My goal is to have this beast finished by August. There is a writer’s conference in Nashville and I want to attend with a book in hand or at least completed and ready to be pitched.
My life clock is ticking and I have things to do. I need to move to Hawaii before the next winter, I am tired of flying at night, and I am weary of working for the man. I am ready to be a writer, and live the writing lifestyle of sitting on the beach, watching the waves roll in while I complain to my wife that I have to walk all the way to the mailbox to collect another royalty check.
(The only thing missing is me)
All ideas and comments are welcome. If anyone wants to take my garbage and turn it into gold, I would be open to letting you. Just as long as I still get the royalty checks. Ha ha. Keep on rocking!