April is almost here and I have two goals for next month. The first goal, which happens next weekend, is to finish my first Marathon. I’m so excited. The second, is to finish the 2nd draft of my novel Steel Warrior.
Started during Camp 2014, Steel Warrior was my first novel. I went on to write a couple more novels and short stories during other NaNoWriMo events. Yet, I’ve never been able to get past the first draft.
Sure, I promised to revise them. I set goals and even even dug in and revised a few chapters. But, I never quite got past more than few chapter rewrites. Not what I wanted.
Since Camp was where I wrote my first draft, I decided to consume its inspiration again. Here is my chance to take that story and tighten it up. I need to add in excitement, clean up plot holes, and make it more fun to read.
I’m worried. Not about writing, that I can get done if I put my mind to it. No, I’m more concerned with structure. I shouldn’t be as I outlined the first novel pretty well. But each time I dig in, what I did isn’t working.
Timing is my biggest concern. The first draft used time to add tension. Yet, I can’t seem to find the right meter to match the two plots that weave through the story. Choosing 72 hours, that time feels too long. I want to use 24, but doesn’t accommodate the action needed. What to do?
That’s okay. I have two months to get my revision done. I’m holding myself to 50K per month, which should be half my novel in April. No excuses. Life is always busy. Camp calls, I can’t let her down.