I finished a draft of the book. It seems to be serviceable. But after letting it sit for weeks now, I wonder if it could be something more. I’m currently seeing if I can dig deeper. This new direction is firmly in the uncomfortable zone for me, which makes me think it could be a good thing. But it could also be a train wreck. I give it a 38% chance of being a good thing. A bit of a long shot, but if you’re a manager in baseball, you’d send the 38% shot guy out there every chance you get. I figure it’s worth trying.
In the new draft, I’m on a walk having a conversation with a character I’ve tentatively named Frank from a parable who is sharing with me insights that I have overlooked. As I read that back, it sounds terribly boring and possibly insane. Which it probably is. No it isn’t. Yes it is. (The voices in my head are split on the matter.)
I look down the road and I can see problems ahead. Major, foundational problems that could derail this whole effort. I tried mapping the entire thing out, but I couldn’t see past a hurdle or two down the road. So for now, I’m giving myself permission to just work through them one at a time until it falls apart. I’ve even given this rewrite a nickname: the Draft of Insanity. If, in the end, it turns out to be a disaster, I can always return to the serviceable draft. It’s serviceable. And then just delete this post and pretend the whole thing never happened.
But if it turns out OK, then maybe I have something here. Anyway, worth the added time to find out. No it isn’t. Yes it is.