I’m working on book three in my secret warrior series and I keep hitting a wall. I feel like I’m looking at the same page over and over. I am looking at the same page over and over. It’s driving me nuts. I finally hit a breakthrough. I brainstormed with my CP and decided to start the scene in a different place. I thought about one aspect of it, the vampire’s mansion, looked up some pictures online, and it really smashed though that blocked wall. Now I’ve hit another wall. I’m struggling to get it all on the page, and I think it's because I'm trying to include parts from an older version. I have 18 pages of good stuff that I want in, but I suspect I’m spending more time trying to find the right paragraph and fit it where I want it to go than if I just wrote the entire scene fresh.
I faced this with the second book in the series. Originally it was a romantic suspense I’d written earlier, but I realized it had all the ingredients I needed for one of my warrior series stories. I just had to change some things, but the skeleton was there. I’m still not sure whether this was a smart idea. I think it took me longer to revise the manuscript than if I’d just written something new from scratch. I had to add in the paranormal elements and change scenes, add new plot threads and work in all my secondary returning characters.
Another part of my problem is I edit as I go. Not final editing, but I can’t completely turn off my editor and just let the creative side go, as many writers do. In my case, that may be a good thing, since I have more trouble going back and “fixing” things.
Do you have trouble revising scenes? Is it easier to just start fresh? I’m open to tips.