As I work on the Blurt, my brain has been wandering off into the corners of my ‘unfinished novels stack’ and looking over things it might work on when Blurt is done. Now, I’m pretty sure the choice will only be made when the time comes to make it – I’m fickle like that – but reviewing the other novels did lead me to one, kind of radical, idea.
You see, there is a fantasy novel in the stack. It’s got an opening chapter, or two, that I really like and have put a lot (a looot) of work into. But, to be honest, the rest of it kind of sucks. Badly.
This is a result of how that novel came into being. Particularly, the large gaps that I’ve never successfully managed to fill in with logic I like.
So. The radical idea.
I’m going to try a blank page rewrite of everything after chapter two!
Strangely, I have no doubts that this will work and lead to a better draft than picking away at the ultimately broken bits that exist currently. It is possible that this certainty is based on nothing more than a desire to avoid trying to glue the broken bits together. Possible. But it doesn’t feel like that.
Also, since I hit on this idea, I’m more excited to go back to that novel than I have been in three years. Gut says it’s right. Brain and gut may later come to blows. We’ll see.