Okay… so shortly after my IWSG post yesterday, I opened up the rough draft to my western.
And cringed some more.
I mean really. Yes, I know the western (romance) was the first story I finished after Doorways, but damn, the suckage is great with this one.
I head hop. I put dialogue and action in all the wrong places. The major plot events happen out of nowhere. It’s….
By far the worst rough draft I’ve written to date.
There’s something there. It’s difficult to describe. I mean, with everything wrong with this rough draft, I should be collapsing into a heap and crying.
But I’m not. Because of this… this feeling I get when I’m reading. The main characters… They’re both so hurt, but instead on melting onto a heap, they do what they think is best for their children. And the kids…. Man… there’s one of them that just makes me want to walk over and hug him. Not because he’s pathetic, but because he’s carrying a huge burden no one else understands, and he’s doing it bravely.
So reading this rough draft, I was drawn into their lives, hoping that the best possible things happen to them. And you know what? I think I can make a reader do that too. All I need to do is improve the way I told the story.
Luckily for me, I have three years’ worth of experience with which to do it.
Anyone else go back to a terrible rough draft and try to turn it into gold? How did that go?