I am currently working on the third major draft of my first novel, “Unraveling.” The original concept came to me in a dream when I was about ten years old. I wrote a summary of the idea in my giant crate of ideas to get to some day. Most of them faded but this one stuck with me.
At the age of 19, I wrote a short story titled “Dawn,” about a prodigious gymnast under the rule of a tyrannical mother. I wrote a few other short stories here and there, but this idea still stuck with me.
In my early twenties I decided to try to write a novel. The first draft took two years. Then something happened. It all took a back seat to other things. I started a web development company which took up my evenings. I began to hate the solitude of writing. It all seemed like too much effort for too little benefit. So I stopped.
Flash forward twelve years to January 2016, I was struck with the idea for a short story. So I wrote it, then five more. Then I reread my draft of Unraveling, deciding if it could be salvaged. I scrapped nearly all of it as I wrote my second draft over four months that summer.
After a three month break, I collected my thoughts and critiques, came up with a game plan and began a completely restructured third revision. I am currently halfway complete this draft, which I hope will solve 80% of the issues from draft 2. I’m amazed how much work it’s been, and how far it’s come and so excited to see how far it will go.
Until next time…