I thought it would be good to give a little update on the progress of Collected. For those of you who don’t know, this is my upcoming debut horror novel. At the moment I am still editor shopping and fundraising. I am also re-writing a few chapters. As I have been going through my own edits trying to get the manuscript ready to send off to an editor I’ve noticed some of my own errors that require the bit of re-writing. Also, I received some criticism recently on the first four chapters that definitely compelled me to want to reevaluate my approach with how my protagonist was being portrayed.
So if you didn’t know, I did share the first four chapters back in mid-October on my site here (see chapters one, two, three, and four). I also printed those off for a couple of friends who don’t necessarily have access to my site that wanted to read them. For the one, it was in spite of the fact this is for the Horror genre. A genre this particular friend does not normally read at all. Thus it was no real surprise to me when they came back to me with a ‘meh’ vibe about it. Some commentary made me realize how I handle criticism on my work – but I’ll get into that more in an upcoming post.
For now I will just say that some of the comments did make me reevaluate my approach on the story’s start. Naturally that kind of goes with the flow of the rest of the story too, but I am carefully going through this. Is this frustrating? Only in the sense that it’s things like this that have made this novel take me so long. On the other hand though – I really want to make sure I am telling this story (as any of my stories) to the best of my ability and the story’s potential. I don’t want to just throw words together and send them off to be published. I want to create and release quality work for my readers.
This actually has me thinking though I may either drop from NaNoWriMo this year, or do a project switch. Likely it’ll be the latter of the two, and for more reasons than just my thinking it might be best to focus solely on Collected for the time being. However those reasons will be explained in another upcoming blog post for the site.
If you’re a writer, do you often feel you have to re-write your work? How many drafts does it typically take you for a story until you feel it’s done?