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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?