On Monday, Ana wrote about the return of her creative muse. I only wish I knew where mine was right now! I’m struggling with ‘Different Worlds’, a story I started nearly two years ago. I got to Chapter 13, decided it wasn’t working, and started to rewrite. The second re-write seemed to going better. I changed quite a lot and reached Chapter 15, but still wasn’t happy with it. Last November I put it on the back burner and started to write ‘Irish Inheritance’ instead – and submitted that at the end of August.
In September, I returned to ‘Different Worlds’. I’ve analysed the characters, I’ve worked out where I want to go with it, I’ve edited and re-edited most of the early chapters, but I’m still not happy.
A year ago, when I was seriously thinking of dumping the story, I sent the first 15 chapters to a reviewer friend who offered to read them. She loved what I'd written, said she’d already fallen in love with my hero, and urged me to continue the story.
Despite that, my mind is still saying, ‘There’s something wrong somewhere’. But I can’t put my finger on that ‘something’.
As a result, I’ve started to dread opening up the document. I’ve probably added less than 100 words in total during the past week.
Now I’m at the stage of wondering whether to persevere with this story or whether to abandon it completely. The thing is, though, I know there is a good story there somewhere, but somehow I can’t find my way through all the details. I thought about writing the resolution of the story and then working my way backwards, but I found I couldn’t do that, which probably means I am a linear writer, who needs to develop the characters and plot chronologically. I can't write 'stand-alone' scenes without knowing what has gone before.
So my question is – how do I get myself past the road block that seems to barring my way ahead? How do I find that ‘something’ that currently eludes me? I know one answer is to write something else and then come back to it, but I’ve tried that and it hasn’t worked.
Any ideas gratefully accepted!