The YA urban sci-fi that I am currently working on is a rewrite. I had written it, completed it, and even submitted it once or twice. But it was full of plot holes, so in the middle of last year, after it was resting for about a year, I decided to rewrite it.
Now, while the original version was on submission I had started on book 2 in the series. I pulled out this sequel last night, curious to see how far I had gotten with it because I had forgotten.
I was shocked to see I had written 60,000 words!
60,000! That’s a small novel.
I was sure it was going to be more like 10,000.
And guess what, because book 2 is a follow on for the original book 1, I have to let it all go because the plot has changed so dramatically.
60,000 words, so, so many words. It kind of feels like a punch to the gut.
But it has to be done.
I’ve read about a lot of writers who have written manuscripts that never get published, or they start a novel, write a huge amount and scrap it because it’s not working. Now I know how they feel first hand.
Such is the life of a writer.
How about you? Have you ever had to let go of a large amount of words before?