So… I read my western…

Okay… so shortly after my IWSG post yesterday, I opened up the rough draft to my western.

And cringed.

And cringed…

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.

And yet.

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?


19 thoughts on “So… I read my western…

  1. I've got a few early scripts I'm not EVEN brave enough to look through just yet. So kudos on living with no fear! LOL

    I think you can do it! Once you unlock the power of revision (i.e., learn to think like a dark and twisted editor), I'm convinced you can salvage anything. (Purely based on some of the train wrecks I've drafted that eventually became worthwhile stories. 🙂

    Never had you pictured as a Western kind of writer btw, but if Stephen King has taught me anything, it's don't be afraid to write to your whims. 😀

    Best of luck!

  2. I think that the fact that you're drawn to characters and invested in their lives is a very good sign; the characters are the most important parts of a story for me, because if I can't relate to the characters or if I don't like them, then it's very hard for me to enjoy the story as a whole.

  3. I re-use concepts and characters from old stories – the first novel I wrote ended up inspiring my current series, even though I only took some of the ideas and plot elements. Now I'm rewriting the characters into a different story. With all the writing experience you've had since then, I'm sure you'll be able to rewrite this into a winner. Good luck!

  4. im so sorry about the losses, but very happy for your story – you have developed intricate characters, i'm sure you can spin a wonderful story about them.

    glad you didn't lose everything! and thanks for the reminders to back up and never give up!

  5. It makes me happy to know I'm not the only person who writes rough drafts/first drafts that make them cringe. Truly, it's the worst part of the entire process for me. Hate it.

  6. Yes! Believe it or not, that's where I was with Moonless a few years back. The writing was crap, but there was just something about it–the characters or the undercurrent…I just couldn't leave it alone.

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