Chucking out the old...
Let me start by saying, I never intended to do it. I mean, it was all going so smoothly.
But it just wasn't working for me anymore.
I wasn't happy.
It was all a little safe, a bit boring, no excitement, no risks, safe.
It was moving forward, don't get me wrong, but I no longer wanted to go along with it.
So, all those 60,000 words of draft 1 of Book 3 were put to the side. Given the elbow, the ol' heave ho, dumped, cast away.
I've never done this before, and now I plan more than ever for a book I never expected to but I could feel it coming. Adding words was easy, bringing up the word count wasn't a problem... the problem was I wasn't enjoying it and if I'm not, how can a reader.
That's why I did it.
Now, a week and a bit later, I am back in the groove of this book. The story isn't changing, but the characters are - they've come alive more, the risk is there, the tension, and I've just snuck up to 20,000 words and I'm at the same bit I was at in the 60,000 words!
This is a pacier start to the book, and a short blog post!
And trust your instincts!