A couple of months ago, after working on a story for close to a year, I decided to put it away for a few months. I had written and heavily revised it, but something just didn’t feel right about it. Well now that I’ve had the distance of time, I’ve finally realized what I was too blind to see all along. The story doesn’t work.
While I can still envision my hero and heroine, I made some crucial, newbie mistakes that cannot be overcome by revision alone (one of them being failing to properly plot out my middle and ending). I’m so glad that I came to this conclusion before I started querying the project, as I had initially planned on doing.
Though it pains me to say this, I’ll have to rewrite my entire story. I can see what did and didn’t work now, and I have a solid plan in my head for how to fix it, but unfortunately that means little of my original story will remain the same. While it hurts to think of this, I don’t think of that year of writing as wasted time. This is the novel where I learned much of my craft. I made just about every mistake you can make and now I have a much better understanding of what to do to make a story work.
So here I go, preparing to rework the story again. Fingers crossed: I hope this is the last time!
For you writers, have you ever worked on a story that just wouldn’t leave you alone, even if you had to do some major rewriting to tell that story the way it needed to be told? I know I’m not alone in this. Right?