It is Thanksgiving in TrumpWorld, but since I don’t live there, I might as well compile an update on the latest projects. In the past weeks I have among other things been involved in rewriting my sci-fi fantasy novel manuscript Quantum Touch.
There is a specific connotation to the concept of rewrite, including the idea of refining the original text, but since there is no reason for me to sugarcoat anything here, I can tell exactly what I ended up doing.
In a sentence, I wrote a whole new 74000-word book, in A4 size with 1,5 line space that is about 315 pages.
There was really nothing wrong with the original version, but the characters were somewhat distant and unrelatable, so I decided to switch the point of view a bit. It is basically still the same story, only the way it is told has changed. To compare this to anything, Quentin Tarantino ended up making his allegedly best movie Jackie Brown by telling the same story from two different viewpoints. I ditched the first version because it was “hiding the ball” so to speak: it kept too many secrets and told the reader too little. It is not enough to hint that something’s about to go down in a story – things actually must go down.
As did the rewrite. First I only changed the beginning, but the new characters presented there took the whole story and made it theirs, and my role was limited to keep making notes of what was going on with them. I did have always notes on the next couple of chapters as I went on, but they were more like loose overall plot descriptions than strict guidelines.
Now I know what Tim Cook meant by saying a few years back that the only thing they changed in iPhone was everything. Apparently the same is possible with novels.