The pain of starting over...
Hey y'all, have you ever been over 1,000s of words into a book to realize later, it's just not the story you had in mind?
Well, that's what happened to me. I was over 13,000 words into my book and realized it just wasn't the story I wanted and it was hard keeping track of everything going on in the story, so I decided to start over.
Also, I'm thinking it will be a novella, not a novel. I'm over 6,000 words into the new version of the book, and I already like the story more. It's more formulaic and easier to keep track of what the heck is going on. It's more of an action story than fantasy now. I am keeping the original version of the story just in case and I might finish it as an alternate version to the book since I do like a lot of aspects of the original.
But have you ever been this far into a story and realized it just wasn't the story you wanted to write? Did you start over like me, or did you keep going?
The story now is a little more realistic, except it still takes place in a fantasy world. The original just got too crazy and confusing. It was going all over the place. I like the new draft much better.