What to Do when a Rewrite Turns into a Whole New Book

Just over a week ago, I blogged about my critique with Emma Dryden.  I’ve had some time now to noodle it over.  The more I think about it, the more certain I am that her off the cuff comment is 100% on the mark.  In fact, I blogged about that today over on the Muffin.

This is, of course, going to mean a complete rewrite.  In fact, I would go so far as to say that I am not as much rewriting as I am crafting a whole new novel.  Of course, this means reworking my characters and their motivations.  The plot is going to completely change.  I may get to keep one or two key scenes . . . maybe.  But for the most part I will be starting from scratch.

To keep from taking short cuts, I’m rewatching the Plot Whisperer videos.  In case you aren’t familiar with Martha Alderson and her work, I’ll paste the first video in below.  It is about your character and character goals.  This I had figured out, but I know she’ll make me think about things that I would have skimmed over without even slowing down.  These are definitely the kinds of tools that I need to get me going.  What do you use to help you consider the various aspects of a new project?