In November of 2008 I participated in The National Novel Writing Month. In short it is an exercise in prolific-ness. (Yeah, I know that's not a word.) The goal is to write 50,000 words between midnight November 1 -30. (Preferably words which make up a novel in part or in whole.) Which I did.
After not getting much done in December I started rewriting the rough draft a little more earnestly in January. However, it was not long before I realized there were some incredibly dull parts and a few big plot holes.
So, I sat back to consider how I might fix those issues. Finally, as I worked on fleshing out the storyline for a supporting character, I realized that the new direction his story was taking me was fixing up the storyline for my main character. Brilliant!
I now have twenty chapters outlined and have started roughing out the new version. It sucks having to start over nearly from scratch but this version is much better. Not perfect but the plot holds together and flows much more naturally.
I'll post updates and excerpts as they become available.