Today’s the day — the day I begin to re-vision a story I almost love.
Re-visioning is an exciting, interesting, daunting thing. It’s not just revising; it’s re-imagining. Re-visioning means looking at the heart of something and seeing new possibilities, envisioning a new, different, and hopefully better story emerging from the ashes.
Hmm, I can almost imagine Dumbledore peering over his glasses at me, saying “it’s about time, too…that story was looking dreadful.”
For me, re-visioning involves starting with a blank slate. You know how they talk of “killing your darlings” when you’re cutting stuff in the revision process? Yeah. I put all my darlings on the Titanic and said goodbye. Sigh. It’s scary, and a bit sad, but the hope of a stronger story I really will love gives me courage.
(Oh man, am I burning things or drowning them? I’ll just get all the cheesy metaphors out here in this blog post so they don’t show up in the manuscript, okay?)
That was four hours ago.
I missed my gym workout. I missed lunch. And I didn’t miss the old version of my story. I’ve got a TON of work ahead of me, but I’m good with that — I’m in the joyous and delusional this-is-gonna-be-great stage of story-crafting.
Hmm… Dumbledore also said, “Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.” So true, Professor, but for now, let me enjoy this stage. I promise not to choose easy over right when the time comes.
What stage are you in the midst of?
Have you ever turfed a finished manuscript and started again from scratch? Got any advice for me?
I’ll leave you with a hint of this novel’s setting and inspiration: