This will also be mildly short since I am leaving on a trip and won't get back till Wednesday. I STILL LOVE YOU THOUGH.
I am currently editing the first draft of last year's nano book, The Dream Walkers. I picked it up after I finished draft two of The Thief's Conspiracy last month. I had not touched DW since writing the 94k first draft in the 30 days of nano, so you can imagine I was a little nervous when I finally sat down and opened up the document.
After all, my only other nano novel was ... not good? XP I mean, it took me a whole stinkin' year to finish the second draft. Despite feeling good about DW, I was bracing myself for a mess.
But ... I didn't really get one.
I opened the document and started to read, and I was so surprised. I'm not saying it was perfect by any means. It still has its issues.
But it's not a completely hopeless wreck like Draft 1 of TC was. I scrapped pretty much all of that book's first draft. And it still needs so much work.
But DW ...
My point is: editing The Dream Walkers is already a completely different experience from editing The Thief's Conspiracy. I'm actually sending DW to a couple of betas, which I could not do for TC.
Which leads to the point of this post. Why I titled it what I did.
We all know the phrase, "Every writer is different."
But it's the same for books. "Every book is different."
I can see you staring at me like, "Um ... yeah?"
Perhaps I should rephrase.
Every process of writing a book is going to be different.
Each book is going to come with a new set of challenges and a new set of perks. Each story you create will present new problems you have not faced before, and new pluses that you didn't know you were capable of.
Each book you write is going to teach you something new about the writing process, and how you function best. How you create stories best.
Each book you write is going to change you, both as a writer and as a person. It will change how you see the world, and it will change how you see those around you.
Books are such magical things, both to read and to write. And edits can be soooo tough. I've been there. Draft 2 of TC was the most horrible, rebellious child I have ever dealt with. Even though I had a feeling DW was going to be nicer to me, I didn't believe it until I started. (I still don't trust it, actually. I'm waiting for the bomb to go off.) It's turning out to be my little precious baby that's just a doll of loveliness and manageability.
Polar opposite of TC.
But I still love them both.
Where am I going with this?
Writers are different. They have different and unique processes. Some techniques work for them. Some do not.
And the same goes for their stories.
Books are different. They often require different and unique processes. Some techniques that worked on other books won't work for them.
So don't get discouraged if the Snowflake Method you used to plot your last novel isn't working. Maybe this book needs something different! I sure planned this book differently. I realized the other day that I did one of my own big personal "no-no's" in the planning of the story, but that's actually what made the characters so strong.
Keep writing, and don't be afraid to try something new!
Have you ever had a method fail you when it previously worked wonders for you? Have you messed around with different ways to write/plan stories? What have you found?