A series of texts between me and my first reader, who has been getting sections of the new draft to read as I finish them.
Me: So I was skimming the next few chapters…I have this sinking feeling I’m gonna be rewriting more of this motherfucker than I thought.
Firstie: LOL, it won’t be so bad.
Me: Well, maybe it will at least be fun. That’s pretty much what was missing, any sense of fun. No wonder it was so hard to write the first time, LOL
Firstie: Yeah, and now you seem like you really know where you’re headed.
Me: Welllll…I WAS headed to the point I just reached. Only problem is I don’t like the look of the highway I thought I was gonna merge onto. So I think I’ll keep driving…but now I don’t know to where.
And that, ladies and gent’s, pretty much sums up the second shoe dropping. If I am not at a merge point but rather at a second divergence, and one that I haven’t really plotted out yet, then I have no real idea how much further I have to go on this book. If I have to write the entirety of Act II from scratch it’ll be another goddamned five months probably.
I dunno. It may only be a few more scenes than I originally thought that nee to be re-written versus tidied. But I just have this feeling….