Soooo…. I scrapped my novel.
DON’T SHOOT I CAN EXPLAIN!
If you weren’t aware, on the last episode of ‘watching Kathy’s dreams burn to the ground’ I gave the first third of my book to my dad, who is also a writer. I really didn’t want to give anyone my book before it was finished. However the further I got into the edits, the more I realised there was something wrong with the story.
Something…and I didn’t know what. So I shoved it into the hands of my father. Who, after reading twenty pages sat me down and told me none of it made sense. I’d built this confusing society with complicated rules and laws that served no purpose. He was right, but that’s not why I scrapped it all.
He started trying to help and told me: if a house has a broken wall and you put on support after support against it, its still a broken wall, you have to demolish the wall and rebuild it. That’s when it hit me, I don’t want to write this story. There’s a story within it that I’ve clearly been trying to write for years but when it was stuck within a broken narrative (that I made up when I was thirteen), it suffered so much.
I like my book and it really hurt to give it up but it was fundamentally a broken story and fixing it over and over again wasn’t going to help.
So, new story! Hopefully a lot simpler and to ensure this I’ve made some ground rules:
1. Stop trying to make a multiverse: –
I blame Marvel for this one. I’ve always wanted some overlapping epic of several stories coming together for one final grand adventure…I can’t even write one book so let’s learn to walk before we run
I do plan, I am a planner, but what I lack is asking why? I write down ideas for ideas in a random order without thinking as to why they are there? What purpose do they serve? So I’m now planning until I can explain every little decision like my own life story
3. Motivate: –
I struggle with building motivation for my characters and having started the plan for this next book I still do. My characters do things they don’t want to do for people who don’t care about them…and they don’t fight it. I don’t know why I find it so hard, I guess I like making my characters suffer through it, but I suppose the reader isn’t supposed to do so as well
I might post my main idea and plot summary on here so if you guys want to bombard me with criticism that would be great!!