I started the rewrite process (draft two) of Hidden People this afternoon. I am so excited; but a few pages into it, I’ve already come across issues, issues, issues.
- I had an outline when I wrote the first draft. Things along the way were prone to change. They almost always do. They did. Now I find myself wondering why in the world the male main character has to act like a complete jerk in the beginning chapters. After completing the first draft, I had found a lot more out about him. Now he no longer has a reason to be behaving like he is. At least, I can’t think of one.
Issue ONE: Need reason for Oskar to act like a jerk. Need to dampen the jerkiness a bit.
- Hidden People is a work of Fantasy. That is, it takes place in modern day Iceland, among the realm of the Huldufolk – invisible people, the hidden ones. I ignored world/realm building in my first draft, but they have pretty cool places where they live. I mean, seriously, Iceland is the most awesome setting ever too.
Issue TWO: Need to explain how the Hidden People live without turning it into a textbook.
- My female main character, Australia, needs more depth.
Issue THREE: Lots and lots of character development for Australia.
I don’t know if this post has just discouraged or motivated me to keep writing. I’ve got lots to do, so I probably should keep writing.
Tell me what kind of issues you often encounter during rewriting/revising/editing processes. Any tips?