So in regards to my previous posts on plot, I am now convinced that crashing ahead is the wrong way to go. I said I’d tell you and here I am.
Here’s the thing. I’ve been devoting some time and concentration to the links on plot that I posted the other day. They have been incredibly inspiring and insightful. The problem is, I’m now looking at the 14,000+ words I’ve already written, not to mention the next 2,000+ those words set up, and I’m thinking it’s now all wrong. That’s a pretty hard pill to swallow. So, do I scrap it all and start from scratch? Do I carry on as if I had written what I had intended, get to the end and then go back during the rewrites. Or do I bang my head a little more and see if I can make what exists work at least even a little?
I wouldn’t be in exactly this mess if I had done all this work before committing words to page. I mean, at my current position, I am only vaguely aware of my antagonist. How am I supposed to have a cohesive plot and conflict without any form of antagonist? I need to rethink a lot of what I’ve done and where I was going with it.
So I have some challenges ahead. I’m going to hammer out a plot outline basing it on the idea that I will leave what I already have. I know there will be major revisions eventually, but at least it won’t be as demoralizing as deleting everything. Wish me luck. Progress updates as I go.