Adam Khan – My third novel
As of last Monday, I began a total rewrite of my third novel.
A new initiative has been implemented that is based on three key things:
- A clearer Arc for the MC
- Introducing game changers early on
- The voice
I’ll clarify below, but I better make it clear that the attitude of the novel has changed. The MC has dropped in age to a 14 year old, and the language/tone used in the novel should be suited to 10+ readers . . . I hope . . .
Although some core elements of the initial plot will remain, the drivers are now a mystery that must be solved. Thus, rather than make it a one trick line, there are several, and that leaves the door open for a series/spin-offs. Believe me . . . in almost every chapter, when an answer is given, there are two more questions popping up. The world and the MC’s arc have me excited at what I’m creating.
Oh yes . . . better mention the title: Adam Khan and the Something Something . . . I am still debating on the something something bit.
Back to the 3 points above:
- A clearer Arc for the MC – The first draft was all over the place, and at times there was no clear direction for Adam. In fact, midway, I stopped caring for him and his plight. It was for that reason the changes were needed.
- Introducing game changers early on – For a 30 chapter novel, I didn’t introduce the “Real” villain until Chapter 20. Well, it felt too later and although it sets up a cat and mouse battle for the last third of the novel . . . it felt wrong. Now in chapter one you’ll be introduced to 5 important factors for the plot/end, including the villain, even if you only get a glimpse of him…and he will appear in chapters well before the big chapter 20 reveal.
- The voice – At times, I was too rigid, and that reflected on Adam. Now, Adam has an opinion. He has sarcasm. He has desires. He and I – have a voice.
Since the rewrite, I have managed 12.5k in 5 days… and I am chuffed.
The 4.5 week goal I have set to get the first draft doesn’t feel so bad now