Thursday, February 17, 2011
When Do You Walk Away From a Project?
It's been about thirteen months since I started my first novel, Positive Tension. I've been around the bend with that book. I've made it a lot better, but I think it needs a lot more work. My husband edited for me, and he thought the book was good overall, but that it needed work in certain areas. When he was close to finishing, I found that he hadn't found the "issue" that I had with the book. I knew there was something there, but for the life of me, I didn't know what it was. Well, it finally came to me. This book shouldn't be a series. The bits I was saving for a possible sequel should go into the book, in order for the story to be as rich as it possibly can.
When I realized this, I was cooking dinner and pondered putting my head in the oven (okay, not seriously). In order to make these changes, I have to take into account all the ideas my husband had, and I'd have to rewrite big chunks. I'm torn as to whether it's worth it. I know there's a certain school of thought about first novels, that they should all be locked away. Part of me thinks this is true, but the other part of me thinks if I did this work, I could have a really unique book on my hands. For the interim, I've decided to stick it in a drawer for a few months while I work on other projects. I'm hoping an extended break will reignite my passion for the story.
Have you walked away from a novel? Did you ever go back to it? Do you have any regrets?