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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Journal of the Novel - Why I'm restarting my novel

No, not the one that recently got me a degree--the next one.

Married to the Wind was meant to be a stand-alone novel, because I think there aren't enough of those in Fantasy right now, but somewhere along the way it spun off the sequel, Born to the Road. I thought I was around 3k words through it, and it wasn't working for me even though I was getting positive feedback from people I trusted who looked at it. I took about a week or more not even writing at all, and then I came to this series of conclusions:

If I'm not writing it, it means there's something wrong.
If there's something wrong, there's no use writing it.
If I want to write it, I need to fix it.
I do want to write it.

And so I set out to fix it. Even though it turns out I was actually over 12k through.

See, I thought I knew what I was doing when I started it, but I hit a dead end and when I was looking back to see what I could do next, I realized that there was a lot of stuff I could do before. See, I want this to be sort of a sequel, but another girl's story. I want it to expand the world and to be from a new, fresh cultural starting point. I want to write it in such a way that I don't have to face the same problems I had the first time around. I want it to not be a clone of Married.

So I had to go back and start over. To make Naian less passive and to give her a better place in her society and her story. To layer in all the better plot I'd thought of for Gai and for Varro. To bring the male lead way, way, WAY forward instead of witholding him until the last section of the book.

And I've written four pages, and I like it a lot better.

Sometimes it just has to be done. Lesson learned.

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