Into the Multiverse · 5:14am
Another Daring Do chapter just got finished! Love those cornflower blue icons. Apple Bloom and Applejack are now prepped for publication, Sea Change has passed muster, and Green Dragon is being drafted right now. Equestria Daily is still dragging its feet on releasing Book 2, but it's moving up in the queue, so with any luck you'll see it soon! I've got a big weekend of writing ahead of me, so with any luck, Green Dragon will be done this week, and Chapter 10 will be right out after. So, I'm feeling good! We feeling good, Twilight?
One thing occurred to me though, as I was writing today. There are five drafts of Green Dragon all of which are substantively different (that is, not counting little edits). That's a lot of rewrites even for me, but it's not going to top my record. Daring Do, Part 1 has ten substantive rewrites, changing everything from Siren's personality to which characters are even present in the chapter. I'm not complaining—the final draft is always the best, and it's just a part of the writing process. But, it does have an interesting implication.
Namely, that there are other versions of Siren out there. There's one version of Siren where she's more magical. One where she's more emo. One where she never meets Trixie face to face. Sometimes there's a door there, sometimes there's an open archway. Sometimes, Siren spends half the chapter chatting with one of the guards in Neptune's Bounty. Sometimes that guard post is staffed by a wiredoll instead.
The thing is though, none of these chapters were rejected for just being badly written—I do have a few of those, but I don't count them towards the draft total. They were rejected for just not feeling right. They weren't the Siren Song the story needed and that you guys wanted. But they were a Siren Song, I could totally have written a story about. During the many revisions of Daring Do, Part 1, I joked that if I ever wanted to do a Bioshock: Infinite adaptation, it would take place in Neptune's Bounty just so I could use all this alternate-universe material.
It's not quite a joke though. I can't be the only writer who has left a million good stories on the cutting room floor this way. I kind of want to work with that in some way, building up a story that shows all the evolution and adaptation it went through as it was written, instead of just the polished final product. Not quite sure how to do that though.
Daring Do, Part 1: Ready
Daring Do, Part 2 Ready
Ether Wash: Ready
Apple Bloom: Ready
Sweetie Belle: Reviewed
Heart's Desire: Reviewed
Sea Change: Reviewed
Green Dragon: Drafted
Chapter 10: Outlined
Chapter 11: Outlined
Chapter 12: Outlined
Chapter 13: Outlined
Chapter 14: Outlined
Chapter 15: Outlined
Drafted: The chapter has been written and I don't hate it.
Reviewed: The chapter has been written and my editors don't hate it.
Ready: The chapter has been cleaned up for publication, including grammar, formatting, illustrations, etc.