5 Ways I Saved "The Dawn of a Hero" From the Trash Heap
Wow, that was a mouthful. But anyway, seeing as I'm coming to the end of draft four of The Dawn of a Hero, I thought I might revisit some of the things that I did to prevent myself from scrapping this little story of mine. I compiled a list of five things, though there might be more that I missed. Maybe some of these are things that will help your story!
~1. Changed POV~
This changed the entire course of this story. When I first revisited it after I wrote several other novels, I had two choices: figure out what in the world was wrong with it (something wasn't right and I couldn't figure it out) or trash it completely.
I'm stubborn, so obviously, dumping it was out of the question until all other means of fixing it failed. After time and time of going at the draft and coming up short, I finally figured out the problem- I had the wrong POV character in this story. I wrote this book in James's POV, while the rest of the books are in Laylah's. So I set out to rewrite the entire thing and came out on the other side with a vastly improved draft. It was still pretty gross, but I was much happier with it. I could work with it. It fit the rest of the series. It wasn't as much of a failure anymore.
~2. Eliminated characters~
~3. Beefed up the villains~
~4. Delved into motivations~
~5. Dumped the cliches~
Now onto you! Have you ever written 'disaster' stories that needed major changes or else they'd end up in the dump? What changes did you make? Did they help? Are you able to work with your story now?