When Good Novels Go Bad

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As you may have noticed from the sidebar, I’ve put my current novel on hold for now.  I did this after a lot of very careful thought, and it certainly wasn’t because the writing wasn’t going well.  Actually, the writing for this project was going extremely well – I knew exactly what I was writing and I was even ahead of my schedule.

 

Unfortunately, the more I wrote, the less I liked the story.  I still loved the characters and the setting (partly because I’ve been working on this series for over a decade) but the plot seemed a little… thin.  The driving actions of the plot weren’t believable enough and the beginning dragged on and on (and on…).  I forged ahead because I wasn’t quite willing to admit that the story I’ve been working on for so very long was so very broken.  But the more I thought about it and the more people I talked to the more I realized that the story needed work.

 

A lot of it.

 

So I’ve decided on a complete overhaul!  I’m still re-working the details, but I’ve moved the entirety of the plot line “back” in time (earlier in the timeline of my world).  Unfortunately, it means basically throwing out everything that I’ve written to date, but it gives a lot more opportunity for action and conflict and tension and all those good things.  It can now involve fights and political intrigue and conspiracy and treason.  I think it will not only be a more exciting read, but a lot more fun to write.

 

Now I just have to get to that point (again)!

 

What do you do when a project stalls out?

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2 Responses to When Good Novels Go Bad

  1. Danni says:

    I completely understand this. I’ve been working on a series, wrote two of the books, then realized that the end of the first book needed to be practically completely rewritten. With that realization came the further understanding that the second book was going to be more work than I even thought was possible to put into a book.

    So I put it on hold. I decided to work on a new idea that’s been bouncing around in my head and give myself a break from the story that was seriously starting to frustrate me. I’ll come back to it eventually, but right now I’m finding myself less and less in love with it.

    I’m sure that both of us will find out way back to the characters (and plot) that we loved, but I understand the need to put a book on hold.

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